Elisabeth Shue has admitted that she was rather unconvinced by Ralph Macchio as ‘The Karate Kid’ at first sight. Macchio’s lean and diminutive frame didn’t particularly inspire fear, especially next to the far more muscular and tall Cobra Kai kids.
To enhance Macchio’s frame, the producers had him wear the Kategai, the customary karate uniform, to give the impression of being bulky.
Mr. Miyagi’s Sewing
A Halloween costume that we wish featured far more is the historic shower costume that Daniel LaRusso donned to his Halloween high school dance. LaRusso walks into the dance hall with a shower curtain wrapped around him. Ali, his love interest, asks him where he got the costume to which LaRusso replies that a friend made it for him.
Which friend? Pay close attention to the preceding scenes as strips of the shower curtain are seen behind Mr. Miyagi as he cuts jack-o-lanterns.
The Lost Name Boys
Maybe the answer to the disagreeableness and hostility of the Cobra Kai gang is that most of them appear to be nameless. Dutch’s first name is not revealed and he is only referred to by his surname. Tommy’s surname is never said.
And worst of all, the fifth member of Cobra Kai is not referred to by his name throughout the movie, and only in the credits do we see that his name is Jimmy! Johnny Lawrence and Bobby Brown are the only two Cobra Kai members whose full names are revealed.
The Karate Copyright
While DC Comics obligingly allowed Columba Pictures to use 'The Karate Kid' name, a karate teacher from Brooklyn took umbrage at what he perceived to be a clear copyright infringement. Bill DeClemente sued Columba Pictures and Jerry Weintraub.
DeClemente’s case was dismissed though as the courts found that his claim of being known as “The Karate Kid” was not wide enough so as to damage his business dealings in any way.
The Fastest Black Belt in History
Either Daniel LaRusso is a prodigy beyond all prodigies or there is a time warp in 'The Karate Kid' universe. Let’s just stick with linear time here. Mr. Miyagi begins his training of LaRusso on the first of November.
The All Valley Karate tournament is less than fifty days away from his start of training yet by the time the tournament rolls around, LaRusso is a fully qualified black belt. Take into consideration that black belts are usually achieved after 5 years of weekly training!