The Karate Kid, Part III

June 30, 1989 0 By Fans
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A bad guy from KK1 attempts to gain revenge on Daniel and Miyagi, with the aid of an old army buddy.

Release Year: 1989

Rating: 4.4/10 (15,916 voted)

John G. Avildsen

Stars: Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita, Robyn Lively

Kreese, his life in tatters after his karate schools was defeated by Daniel and Mr Miyagi, visits Terry, a friend from Vietnam. Terry is a ruthless business man and a martial arts expert, and he vows to help Kresse take revenge on Daniel and Mr Miyagi.

Writers: Robert Mark Kamen, Robert Mark Kamen


Ralph Macchio

Daniel LaRusso

Pat Morita

Mr. Kesuke Miyagi

(as Noriyuki 'Pat' Morita)

Robyn Lively

Jessica Andrews

Thomas Ian Griffith

Terry Silver

Martin Kove

John Kreese

Sean Kanan

Mike Barnes

Jonathan Avildsen


Randee Heller


William Christopher Ford


(as Christopher Paul Ford)

Pat E. Johnson


Rick Hurst


Frances Bay

Mrs. Milo

Joseph V. Perry

Uncle Louie

Jan Tríska


Diana Webster


First it was teacher to student. Then it was father to son. Now, it's man to man.

Release Date: 30 June 1989

Filming Locations: Ennis-Brown House – 2655 Glendower Avenue, Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California, USA

Gross: $38,956,288

Technical Specs


Did You Know?


This movie was part of a wave in the late 80's/early 90's to introduce wide screen letterbox movies to the general public. The first printing of the VHS are all in letterbox. (re-prints from 1994 claim to be in wide screen but are pan & scan). (
Ghostbusters II was another big title movie released in letterbox only in the first printing, many video stores got complaints about these titles because customer's thought that there was half of the picture missing, many video store owners called RCA/Columbia to find out if there was a printing problem to only be told that they were meant to be this way.)


Towards the end of the movie Daniel tries to heal his arm using Miyagi's thick light green fizzy substance. In the next scene Miyagi knocks on Daniel's room's door which startles Daniel and knocks down the container with the liquid in it which now simply looks like water without any sign of the green stuff which was there just a few minutes earlier.


Mr. Kesuke Miyagi:
If karate used defend honor, defend life, karate mean something. If karate used defend plastic metal trophy, karate no mean nothing.

User Review

The Karate Man Part III


Spoiler Alert This film is about a 35 year old karate boy and his wise
old martial arts instructor. Ralph Macchio plays the title role, and
seems to have gained about 45 pounds since the second film. Daniel
LaRusso and Mr. Miyagi come back from Okinawa (the story of Part II)
and continue to dress and think like it's 1984, even though the rest of
the world knows it's 1989. The brutal karate teacher from the earlier
films, John Kreese, has been run out of business thanks to the bad PR
that resulted in his defeat at the hands of Daniel and Mr. Miyagi.
Kreese closes down his Cobra Kai dojo. This film is from 1989, and the
45 year old Kreese decides to call the karate deal quits, but his
billionaire 25 year old Vietnam war buddy talks him out of it. Kreese's
25 year old war buddy from the 60s is named Terry Silver, and he has a
pony tail just like Steven Segal. Terry Silver also knows karate, just
like Steven Segal. Terry Silver is also a pompous, full of himself
a-hole, just like Steven Segal. Terry Silver is also younger then The
Karate Man, Daniel LaRusso. Terry Silver helps Kreese get revenge on
Daniel and Mr. Miyagi, using some outdated racist lingo like "slope" in
reference to Miyagi. Hmmm, maybe Terry Silver was around for the 60s?

Steven Segal, errr, I mean Terry Silver sets up a new Cobra Kai dojo
and enlists the aid of a bad boy karate teenage punk named Mike Barnes.
Mike Barnes is a teenager with a ruthless style of fighting, and he is
determined to defeat the Karate Man. Terry Silver promises Mike Barnes
a hefty sum of money if he is able to beat the Karate Man in the karate
tournament. Terry Silver lures the Karate Man to the dark side of the
force, against Miyagi's noble Jedi ways. The Karate Man trains under
Silver and starts to become evil like Mike Barnes. In a subplot, Mr.
Miyagi and Daniel open up a Bonsai tree store, and they are repeatedly
attacked by Mike Barnes, who wants the Karate Man to defend his
championship. Daniel briefly gets a high school aged girlfriend, but
then she dumps him when she finds out he is 35 and she never shows up
for the second half of the movie. But after the Karate Man beats up an
18 year old kid at a dance club, he runs home to Mr. Miyagi feeling bad
for what he has done. Daniel repents and Miyagi forgives him, Daniel
then goes back to the Cobra Kai dojo to tell Terry Silver that he can
no longer train under him. Terry Silver says, "you owe me more then
that Danny boy". Mike Barnes and John Kreese show up and start beating
up on the Karate Man, the Karate Man makes a run for the door after a
few beatings. Mike Barnes is hot in pursuit of him outside. But then
out of nowhere, as usual, comes Mr. Miyagi to save the day. Miyagi
throws Mike Barnes back into the Cobra Kai dojo and knocks out the
teenager after another punch. Miyagi then takes on Terry Silver and
John Kreese after they make a few more bigoted comments against Asians.
Miyagi easily defeats the both of them, and finally agrees to retrain
the Karate Man. Terry Silver tells Miyagi that Cobra Kai dojos will
open up everywhere and he won't even be a memory. Daniel yells back,
"Yes he will! You won't!"

Mr. Miyagi then tells Daniel "come, now we do kata!", and they do the
kata on the beach, on the top of a mountain, and in Miyagi's backyard.
After a few days of this kata training with Mr. Miyagi, the Karate Man
enters the All-Valley Under 18 karate tournament for boys. The Karate
Man does not have to fight the other young boys this time around, as
their is a new rule saying he only needs to fight once, lucky for him.
The punk teenager Mike Barnes makes it to the championship round and
starts to once again beat up on the Karate Man. The Karate Man is out
of his league with Mike Barnes, despite defeating Johnny Lawrence in
the first film, and defeating Chosen in a fight to the death in the
second movie. The Karate Man seems to have forgotten everything he
learned. After getting severely beat up by the teenager Mike Barnes,
the Karate Man tells Miyagi to throw in the towel. Mr. Miyagi comes to
the Karate Man and tells him not to give up but to use the secret kata
that he taught him. The man-boy gets up off the mat and proceeds to do
the super secret Miyagi kata from Okinawa. Mike Barnes is stunned when
he sees the kata, and actually waits for the Karate Man to finish his
entire form before he attacks. When Mike Barnes finally lunges, the
Karate Man in a single move flips him over and punches him to get the
winning point. Mr. Miyagi and the 35 year old boy celebrate with a hug.