“The Karate Kid” remake will be “Kung Fu Kid”

Crossposted from Angry Asian Man

We’ve been talking about Will Smith’s Karate Kid remake for quite some time. It was rumored for the better part of a year, then finally confirmed last fall that the movie would star Will’s son Jaden Smith, with Jackie Chan as the Miyagi character.

Looks like it’s not quite The Karate Kid anymore. In a recent interview, Chan said that the remake would instead be called The Kung Fu Kid… which makes sense: Jackie Chan says ‘Karate Kid’ remake will be ‘Kung Fu Kid’ instead.

Oh, man. Are you ready for this? Flashback to 1984. I’m on the playground, and some punk ass kids who just saw The Karate Kid come up to me, the Asian kid, asking if I know karate. I don’t. They make me prove it. Does this scenario ring a bell for you? But today, we live in more enlightened times. Kids don’t have to go through ignorant taunting on the playground anymore. Right? No?

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About Tami

Tami Winfrey Harris writes about race, feminism, politics and pop culture at the blog What Tami Said. Her work has also appeared online at The Guardian’s Comment is Free, Ms. Magazine blog, Newsweek, Change.org, Huffington Post and Racialicious. She is a graduate of the Iowa State University Greenlee School of Journalism. She is mom to two awesome stepkids and spends her spare time researching her family history and cultivating a righteous 'fro.
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