Sketches and thoughts on The Karate Kid (2010).
What most impressed me about this film was the way it captures the underlying principles not only of kung fu, but of every worldly endeavor: the development of compassion.
To quote a line from Mr. Han (played by Jackie Chan), “Kung Fu is the art of making peace with your enemies.”
Kung fu fascinates me, just like about every other male in the world, and probably most females too. The movement, defense, self-control, discipline, and sheer coolness of the art form makes it impossible not to ignore. (For those who love to learn more about it, I’ve included a National Geographic Documentary series video on YouTube at the end of this post).
That being said, it’s unlikely that I will ever spend time on learning it. I have my hands full just trying to learn to draw and write at the same time. What interests me more with kung fu is how the true masters learn that when they can look at their enemy in the eye with true compassion, both sides can put down their swords and embrace.
The film ends with Dre Parker (played by Jaden Smith) beating his enemies with honor, and his enemies see the truth in maintaining one’s integrity and congratulate him.
I give the film an A-.
Myths and Logic of Shaolin Kung Fu, National Geographic Documentary – Part 1: