The Karate Kid
Having just seen the very good remake of this 80s/Sports Classic I wanted to revisit the original and see how they compare. The original is still solid and exciting, especially the triumphant finale. Pat Morita's performance as Mr. Miagi earned him an Academy Award nomination and he deserved it. Its such a great performance showcasing great control, timing, and strength. When he nods to Daniel just before the legendary crane kick, its just incredibly.
How do they compare? We, to be honest, they're very close in quality. I still feel the remake goes a little too far in the final moments, becoming cheesy at the very last moment, but they each have great things about them.
Sweep the leg.