The Karate Kid was one of the movies that defined 80s and 90s teen action movies. It introduced the world to Daniel-san and his wise old teacher, Mr. Miyagi, who taught him to stand up to bullies and defend the weak through karate.
The original movie was a massive success, making back over ten times its budget at the box office. People loved it so much that it went on to spawn two direct sequels, a side-sequel called The Next Karate Kid, and even a remake in 2010 starring Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan!
While the late Pat Morita, who played Mr. Miyagi, had an established career when starting the series, it did launch the career of Daniel-san himself, Ralph Macchio. He played the character in all three movies and would go on to have sporadic roles throughout the years, most notably a recurring role on TV’s Ugly Betty.
While Macchio’s always spoken fondly of his time as Daniel, it never really seemed like the franchise was going to end up anywhere as the years went on, especially considering the fact that the 2010 remake didn’t do well financially.
Well, it looks like that might change, because Macchio just announced that he’ll be returning to the franchise in a new Youtube Red series!
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