The mythical Crane Kick was brought to life in an almost implausible fashion during a UFC fight between Lyoto Machida and Randy Couture. Machida executed the move flawlessly, without the theatrics of first posing with his arms raised and assuming a crane stance.
Instead, he leaped forward and his foot thrust forward to meet Couture’s unfortunate face. The UFC commentators screamed “The Karate Kid” wildly and the match records clearly state that Randy Couture was knocked out by “crane kick.” Life imitates art!
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.
Burgers Landed Elisabeth Shue the Role
Elisabeth Shue was a name that popped up consistently in the ‘80s. Kind of like Steve Buscemi seemed to be in almost every movie in the ‘90s. 'The Karate Kid' was the movie that launched her film career.
The producers and director settled on Shue to play the part of Ali Mills in part due to a very well-known series of Burger King commercials that she starred in.
Do Not Go to the Dark Side, Daniel-San
While seeming more like a revenge movie at first glance, 'The Karate Kid' has a deeper meaning behind the rivalry between Daniel LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence. It is observed that both children are quick-tempered and impetuous and fuel the friction between themselves.
'The Karate Kid' then becomes more of a tale of having a benevolent and wise teacher to help guide this misspent youth in a healthy direction. Mr. Miyagi is a beacon of patience, teaching LaRusso the ways to control himself while Kreese teaches Lawrence negatively.