The Karate Kid功夫梦 ~ Chinese Movies&TV


Today let’s take a brief introduction of a famous movie named “The Karate Kid”. “The Karate Kid” is a remake of the 1984 Hollywood film of the same name, but the background has moved to China: Dre Parker is a cool American boy who has left Detroit for China to start a new life. He has experienced a difficult time – he feels himself incompatible with his surroundings. He has offended some young bullies, though inadvertently. He has no friend, and nowhere to hide. It is at this time that he meets his apartment building’s handyman Mr Han, who is also a kungfu master. Mr. Han teaches him Chinese Kungfu, and they develop a tacit agreement between them.

Though a Hollywood blockbuster co-produced by China and America, “the Karate Kid” is filled with Chinese elements. For instance, ancient architectures in the movie like the elegant Imperial Palace and the magnificent Great Wall reproduce the ancient charm of traditional China, and the renowned scenic spots in the Wudang Mountains such as Wudang Jinding ( Golden Summit), Zixiao Palace, Xiaoyao Valley, Taizi Slope etc are filled with mystic charm. In particular the Wudang Kungfu, seeming soft and tender, is actually hard and harsh inside, leading the audience to taste the profoundness and uncertainty of Chinese kungfu. Quite a lot of foreign film viewers have also expressed their surprise, “Chinese kungfu is incredibly amazing!”


功夫gōngfu:a kind of fighting styles that have developed over the centuries in China.
万里长城Wànlǐ Chángchéng :a series of fortifications made of stone, brick, tamped earth, wood, and other materials, generally built along an east-to-west line across the historical northern borders of China in part to protect the Chinese Empire or its prototypical states against intrusions by various nomadic groups or military incursions by various warlike peoples or forces.

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