The Karate Kid Part III
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In director John G. Avildsen's third installment of the popular KARATE KID series, the original villain returns to get his revenge against Miyagi (Noriyuki "Pat" Morita) and Daniel (Ralph Macchio). Kreese (Martin Kove), the ex-marine whom Miyagi humbled with a few punches and kicks, has never forgotten the bitter taste of defeat. Bankrupt after the first tournament defeat, he's back with a particularly nasty friend and a new trainer--and he's aching to lure Miyagi and Daniel into the fight of their lives. When Daniel decides not to compete in the challenge, he becomes the target of numerous attacks by Kreese and his villainous friends, who will stop at nothing to win the title back. But when the relentless abuse becomes blackmail, Daniel goes against the sound advice of Miyagi and enters the competition, alienating his mentor. This rousing continuation of the adventures of Daniel and his teacher includes fast-paced karate sequences and an inspirational soundtrack, now synonymous with THE KARATE KID films.
Main Cast & Crew
John G. Avildsen - Director
Noriyuki ``Pat'' Morita
Thomas Ian Griffith
In THE KARATE KID PART III, Daniel decides not to compete in a karate championship against his vengeful former adversary, Kreese. But when he becomes the target of relentless abuse and blackmail, the young fighter goes against Miyagi's sage advice and agrees to compete in his most difficult match yet.
Theatrical release: June 30, 1989. Martin Kove has appeared in over 50 films but is best known for his role as Kreese in THE KARATE KID series.
"...[Macchio] maintains a likable chemistry with Morita..." - 06/30/1989 USA Today, p.5D
"...Young Swank really might be a find....She does seem to blossom before your eyes. And doing her moves, she looks, well, sass-y..." - 09/12/1994 Los Angeles Times, p.F2