So here I find myself once again, in a hotel in Luxembourg with not much to do. Last time I was here, I watched Karate Kid in my hotel room, and ended up keeping a running diary on Facebook of Mr Miyagi's best lines. In memory of that evening and in honour of the great, late Pat Morita - one of the nicest actors Hollywood has known, I am collecting all those posts here to make it an official entry. The words were just too good not to. I will say it again, Karate Kid (the original, please don't talk to me about the "Kung Fu Kid" remake) is a great movie, and one of the greatest sports films of all time. So here you go, words to live your life by:
|RIP Pat Morita|
"Close eye. Trust. Concentrate. Think only tree. Make perfect picture... If picture come from inside you, always right one.""To make honey, young bee need young flower, not old prune.""Daniel-san, you look (for) revenge, start by digging two grave.""No such thing bad student, only bad teacher. Teacher say, student do.""In Okinawa, belt mean no need rope hold up pants." "Win, lose no matter. You make good fight, earn respect. Then nobody bother." "Walk on road: walk right side, safe. Walk left side, safe. Walk middle, sooner or later get squeeze, just like grape."
Wait for it....
And to top it off, Miyagi's nod during the crane kick scene!!! That makes the whole movie. That's what Daniel-san is fighting for, not to get rid of the bullies, not for Ali, or for the tournament. What he's after is Miyagi's approval for a kid from New Jersey who grew up without a father. Survivor's "The moment of truth" over the end credits is just icing on the cake! Just a great, great film moment, and a great movie."Wax on, wax off.""Man who catch fly with chopstick, accomplish anything.""First learn stand, then learn fly. Nature rule Daniel-san, not mine.""Balance good, karate good, everything good. Balance bad, better pack up go home."