‘The Karate Kid’ has a good few Easter eggs laid in it. Eagle-eyed fans have noted many small details. A clever, little one is when Daniel LaRusso goes in search of his love interest, Ali Mills at the local fair.
LaRusso walks into the scene while the camera focuses on a gimmicky machine called the “Lover Tester”. The level that is illuminated when LaRusso stands by it is “Uncontrollable”, signaling his desires for Ali.
Do You Know Where Your Kids Are?
One could forgive Daniel LaRusso’s mother for being somewhat distracted and distant. A single mother starting a new life in a different city with her son is, without a doubt, an unenviable challenge.
Even though LaRusso spends almost all of his free time with Mr. Miyagi, there is only one single scene in the movie that Daniel’s mother, Lucille LaRusso, has any conversation with Mr. Miyagi.
Running as a Pack
To emphasize Johnny Lawrence’s and the Cobra Kai gang’s weak and cowardly nature, there are only two scenes in which Lawrence does not appear with the other four Cobra Kai members.
Contrast this with Daniel LaRusso, who has no backup and no friends except for Mr. Miyagi and Ali Mills. One Cobra Kai member, Tommy, even ensures to attend karate practice with Johnny Lawrence and the others even though his arm is wounded.
Mr. Miyagi’s the Backstreet Boy
Mr. Miyagi could have been a Backstreet Boy. Daniel LaRusso asks him “What song were you singing?” Well, now we can tell you that the song he sings while very inebriated is a Japanese folk song titled “Back Street Life” by a well-known Japanese artist named Takeo Abe.
Pat Morita used his creative license for the scene, recalling the song being sung when he was a child.
Mr. Miyagi’s constant referring to Daniel LaRusso as “Daniel-San” is a double-edged sword. “San” holds the same title in Japanese as sir or mister would in English therefore the much older, much wiser Mr. Miyagi is referring to Daniel tongue-in-cheek as “Sir Daniel”.
The slight ribbing has a very intended purpose though: it’s to keep LaRusso from becoming too arrogant in his newfound karate skills.