Recently, in an interview with HQRalph Macchio, who plays Daniel Larusso in Snake Kaiargued about how the franchise’s films Karate Kid were revolutionaries. According to him, the first feature film, released in 1984, was ahead of its time for all the narrative constructions presented in the plot.
When talking about the story of Mr. Miyagi, the artist considered the approach to the subjects dealt with in the production. “This was the first major film by a Hollywood studio to be about Japanese concentration camps, a very dark period in our history,” he recalled.
“It can be said that Karate Kid It’s a popcorn movie from the 1980s, but it also had those elements,” the actor reflected. “Without a doubt, he was ahead of his time”, concluded Macchio.
Mr. Miyagi is one of the central characters of the Karate Kid franchise. (Columbia Pictures/Reproduction)Source: Columbia Pictures
In fact, the issues cited by Daniel Larusso’s interpreter had never been portrayed in theaters before Karate Kid. In the production, one of the characters reflected on the evils that the United States government was committing against his Japanese family during World War II.
In this sense, the script innovated by presenting this very serious subject to the spotlight in order to reach the general public in a different way.
Snake Kai: tributes to Mr. Miyagi is not lacking in the Netflix series
From the first episode, Snake Kai has been making numerous references to the original film franchise. Within this context, one of the most celebrated characters, without a doubt, is Mr. Miyagi (portrayed by Pat Morita). However, so far, the past of Daniel Larusso’s master has not been explored in the episodes, as well as that of Terry Silver (Thomas Ian Griffith) and John Kreese (Martin Kove), for example.
With Season 5 recently released, other important stories have been developed. However, fans still expect more tributes to the character in the future, as his participation in the franchise is essential and iconic.
In addition to Macchio, the series’ cast also includes William Zabka as Johnny Lawrence, Mary Mouser as Samantha LaRusso, Xolo Maridueña as Miguel Diaz, Tanner Buchanan as Robby Keene, Thomas Ian Griffith as Terry Silver, Peyton List as Tory Nichols, Sean Kanan as Mike and Yuji Okumoto as Chozen.
So, take the opportunity to marathon the five seasons of Snake Kai. All of them are available for streaming on Netflix!