Mr. Miyagi makes a curious statement about his nationality when telling Daniel LaRusso where he’s from. Instead of saying his country is Japan, Mr. Miyagi claims his country is Okinawa.
This might have to do with some residual Okinawan pride as it was a sovereign nation before becoming annexed by Japan in 1879. This is further complicated by the scene where Mr. Miyagi has a little too much to drink and reveals he fought for America in the war.
'The Karate Kid' is an exemplary case study of hindsight. There were a few close calls that could have turned this classic into a forgotten VHS.
One example of this is the casting of Ralph Macchio. The producers were so impressed by Macchio that they scrapped naming the titular character’s surname from Webber to LaRusso to better represent Macchio’s Italian heritage.
Kreese Puts a Crease in Quickbooks
Martin Kove reprised his role as cruel karate instructor John Kreese for a 2018 Quickbooks commercial. How do Cobra Kai and Quickbooks come together? Well, in what we hope is not an official backstory, Kreese explains that his uncontrollable rage and frustration was due to not having a handle on Cobra Kai’s bookkeeping!
Kreese concludes that thanks to Quickbooks getting rid of his frustration, his far kinder karate school is now called… Koala Kai. As we said, we hope this isn’t an official backstory!
How I Met Your Karate Kid
In an episode of How 'I Met Your Mother', Barney Stinson explains a fan theory, that he believes in, whereby the real villain in 'The Karate Kid' is not Johnny Lawrence but rather Daniel LaRusso. There are a number of instances in the film where Daniel instigates conflict between him and Johnny.
The real evidence for this though is Daniel confessing to Mr. Miyagi that he wishes to learn karate in order to take revenge on Johnny Lawrence – something Mr. Miyagi quickly corrects.
Cobra Kai definitely has a cool ring to it but has anyone thought about what the “kai” part actually means? Turns out it has a slightly political tinge to it.
It essentially refers to “an organization” therefore Cobra Kai can be translated as “The Cobra Organization”. Adding kai to group names is generally done by more right-wing groups in Japan.