Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Lessons about bullying in Karate Kid 2010






Not always do remakes pay justice to the original movie; sometimes, the second movie is even better than the first.

Karate Kid 2010 is one of those special remakes. The basic storyline is the same, with the exception of the setting and the hero’s background. Daniel LaRusso (Ralp Macchio) is a typical teen growing up in America; Dre Parker (Jaden Smith) is a young black American learning to adapt to a totally different culture called China. What impressed me in the movie was the convincing performances of the entire cast - from the villain Cheng (Zhenwei Wang) to the head teacher Mrs. Po (Ji Wang), from Dre’s mom Sherry Parker (Taraji P. Henson) to the dude from Detroit (Wentai Liu).

The most important point in the movie of course is that of bullying and how to face it in real life. Bullying is a topic that had become the subject of many discussions on education and schools and the more we discuss it, the more question remain:

- Who to tell when we are the victims?
- What to do as a teacher or an adult involved?
- Can we put an end to bullying forever?
- If we suffer some kind of physical violence, should we take justice into our own hands?
- Is there going to be a Mr. Han (Jackie Chan) to teach us to defend ourselves?