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.
Daniel’s Hormones Are Off the Charts
'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.
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.
Daniel LaRusso is a real bonsai bozo when it comes to pronunciation. Fans might not quite have caught the subtle mispronunciation but there are a handful of times that Mr. Miyagi exclaims “banzai!” Banzai would be said in terms of a celebration, literally translating to ten thousand years.
The most notable time Mr. Miyagi says this is when mourning his wife on their anniversary, offering Daniel a drink and shouting “Banzai” and Daniel ignorantly smiles back saying “bonsai!”
Here’s a fact about Ralph Macchio’s age-defying looks that certainly will blow a mental fuse or two. Renee Handler, who plays Daniel LaRusso’s mother Lucille in The Karate Kid, was born in 1947. This means at the time of filming she was 37 years old.
Reasonable enough to be the mother of the then 16-year-old Daniel. But Ralph was actually going on 23 at the time of filming. Technically, then, Lucille LaRusso is only fourteen years older than her son!