The drama martial arts movie The Next Karate Kid stars Pat Porita and Hilary Swank. It was the fourth as well as the last film in the entire series, and was directed by Christopher Cain. The film starts off showing Keisuke Miyagi traveling to Boston to attend a commendation of American Japanese soldiers that fought during the World War II. In Boston, Miyagi meets Louisa Pierce who is a widowed grandmother whose husband was a commanding officer who flight with Miyagi in War. After reminiscing their good times, Louisa then introduces Miyagi to her granddaughter Julie. Miyagi notices the teenage Julie to be full of anger, resentment, sorrow, and pain because of the tragic death of her parents. Her attitude has caused friction upon her schoolmates and grandmother, causing Miyagi to offer Louisa the chance to relax at his home in California and him being Julie's temporary caretaker. Julie isn't all anger as she takes care of an injured Hawk at school named Angel.
Julie is constantly bullied by the schools security fraternity guys and is sometimes almost sexually harassed. Eric is the only guy in the frat who is nice and cares for Julie, so she decides to befriend him. He then asks Julie out to the Prom and to the mean frat member Michaels jealousy, he tries to invade the prom and ruin everything for the two.
Before the dance Miyagi teaches Julie the importance of self defense and she is able to stand up to the mean guys at the frat and beat them up. Julie then gains a close bond with Miyagi. She develops the knowledge to know that it is alright to fight when it is called for and when fights do arise. Although Miyagi does not want her to fight, he fine when she has to fight.