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Lost Footage From The Karate Kid(1983)

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What Avildsen has posted, in 13 ten-minute segments, is the rehearsal that he and his actors conducted before principal photography began. The footage is grainy and wobbly. Much of it is shot on location, but several scenes unfold on a sparsely appointed soundstage, with the actors pretending to turn on an invisible leaky faucet or drink an invisible glass of pungent Okinawan tea. Some of the scenes closely resemble their counterparts in the finished film, but others remain rough, with Avildsen and his team still working out how to frame the action. We see alternate approaches to scenes we know and love from the finished product. We also hear Avildsen discussing the challenges each scene presents, offering suggestions to the actors and discussing camera set-ups with his crew. Perhaps most exciting of all, we see the actors rehearsing scenes that did not make it into the movie, and several of these provide insight into plot holes that have long frustrated students of the movie. (Among the questions addressed by the footage: How did Daniel’s mother end up working at a restaurant, not at a computer start-up? And how did Daniel prevail over Dutch in the early stages of the All-Valley Under-18 Karate Tournament?)

I am surprised the footage was released quietly in 2010 as the remake of the The Karate Kid(with Jackie Chan) was getting ready for theaters. Great footage of some memorable scenes, such as Wax on Wax off/catching a fly.

Amazing Lost Footage From The Karate Kid

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I can say that the Daniel vs Dutch fight was complete on a version I saw years ago (TV or VHS in UK, not sure). It definitely had the full fight, as when I saw the DVD version I was completely confused- I remembered the previous version I watched which had more tournament footage, and it didn't make sense any more.

I've looked on youtube for the footage which was present in the film, but haven't been able to find it yet.

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