Karate Kid Part III, The (1989)

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After the Karate Kid and his mentor triumph at a prestigious tournament, their arch enemy John Kreese seeks to avenge the defeat of his student.

At least the first film was a reasonable mix of sentiment, fisticuffs and pace, all of which was reduced in a dire sequel.

Here, in a feeble third outing, the "Kid" (fortunately, 27-year-old Ralph Macchio doesn't look old enough to shave) has to defend his title and tackle the bad guys, initially without the help of his mentor Mr Miyagi (Noriyuki "Pat" Morita).

The script takes leave of reality at an early stage, and it all becomes increasingly daft and humourless with each scene.

Daniel LaRusso
Ralph Macchio
Mr. Miyagi
Pat Morita
Jessica Andrews
Robyn Lively
Terry Silver
Thomas Ian Griffith
John Kreese
Martin Kove
Mike Barnes
Sean Kanan
Snake
Jonathan Avildsen
Dennis
Christopher Paul Ford
Lucille
Randee Heller
Mrs. Milo
Frances Bay
Uncle Louie
Joseph V. Perry
Milo
Jan Tríska
Margaret
Diana Webster
Rudy
Gabe Jarret

Director
John G. Avildsen