Watch The Karate Kid, Part III
- 1 hr 52 min
The Karate Kid, Part III from 1989 is the third installment in the popular Karate Kid franchise. This movie picks up where the second film left off, with Daniel LaRusso (played by Ralph Macchio) returning to California after spending the summer in Okinawa with his mentor, Mr. Miyagi (played by Pat Morita). In the beginning of the movie, we see that Daniel and Mr. Miyagi are still reeling from the events of the previous film, particularly the loss of Mr. Miyagi's father figure, Sato. Meanwhile, Daniel's former nemesis, Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka), has fallen on hard times and seeks out his old sensei, John Kreese (Martin Kove), for guidance. Kreese, grappling with his own personal demons, decides to take advantage of Johnny's desperation and manipulate him into exacting revenge on Daniel and Mr. Miyagi. Under Kreese's tutelage, Johnny and his new Cobra Kai cohorts begin a campaign of harassment and intimidation against Daniel and his friends. As the tension between the two sides escalates, Daniel and Mr. Miyagi are forced to confront their own flaws and weaknesses. Daniel becomes obsessed with winning a prestigious karate tournament, despite Mr. Miyagi's warnings that it could lead to disaster. Meanwhile, Mr. Miyagi struggles with his own feelings of guilt and responsibility over the direction Daniel's life has taken. As the final showdown approaches, both sides are pushed to their limits. Daniel must face off against a dangerous new opponent, while Mr. Miyagi finally confronts the demons of his past in a dramatic and emotional climax. Overall, The Karate Kid, Part III is a worthy addition to the franchise. The performances by Macchio and Morita are top-notch, and the movie is a satisfying conclusion to the story of Daniel and Mr. Miyagi. While the plot can be predictable at times, the film nonetheless delivers on the themes of friendship, loyalty, and personal growth that made the original Karate Kid such a beloved classic.