The Karate Kid

  • Directors: Harald Zwart
  • Producers: Jerry Weintraub, Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith, James Lassiter, Ken Stovitz
  • Writers: Screenplay, Christopher Murphey, Story, Robert Mark Kamen
  • Genres: more
  • Actors: Jackie Chan, Jaden Smith

12 year old Dre Parker (Jaden Smith) could’ve been the most popular kid in Detroit, but his mother’s (Taraji P. Henson) latest career move has landed him in China. Dre immediately falls for his classmate Mei Ying – and the feeling is mutual – but cultural differences make such a friendship impossible. Even worse, Dre’s feelings make an enemy of a class bully, Cheng. In the land of kung fu, Dre only knows a little karate, and Cheng puts The Karate Kid on the floor with ease. With no friends in a strange land, Dre has nowhere to turn but maintenance man Mr. Han (Jackie Chan), who is secretly a master of kung fu. As Mr. Han teaches Dre that kung fu is not all about punches and parries, but maturity and calm, Dre realizes that facing down the bullies will be the fight of his life.

The Karate Kid Part II

  • Directors: John G Avildsen
  • Producers: Jerry Weintraub, William J Cassidy, Susan Ekins, Karen Trudy Rosenfelt
  • Writers: Robert Mark Kamen
  • Genres: Action, Family, Romance, Sport
  • Actors: Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita, Danny Kamekona, Yuji Okumoto, Tamlyn Tomita, Nobu McCarthy

The Karate Kid, Part II picks up immediately following Daniel’s victory at the tournament.

As Daniel and Miyagi are getting ready to leave, they witness an altercation between Kreese and Daniel’s former rival, Johnny Lawrence. Infuriated about the loss, Kreese kicks Johnny off his sparring team and breaks his second-place trophy into pieces. When Johnny protests, Kreese puts him in a headlock, swatting away his fellow Cobra Kais who come to his rescue. Miyagi orders Kreese to leave Johnny alone, but Kreese retorts with a racial slur. Miyagi pulls a gasping Johnny away from Kreese’s grip, prompting Kreese to take two shots at Miyagi. As Miyagi ducks away from Kreese’s moves, Kreese punches his fists through two car windows. When it appears that Miyagi is about to deliver a fatal strike to Kreese, he stops short of his nose, honking it instead and then walking away.

The film picks up six months later shortly after Daniel’s senior prom. Daniel receives several pieces of bad news, having been dumped by Ali and learned that his mother will move to Fresno for work. Miyagi takes Daniel to his backyard and restores the boy’s focus by having him build a new wing for Miyagi’s house. This architectural work has a hidden side: It is revealed that Daniel is building a guest room for himself, Miyagi having arranged for Daniel to live with him while his mother goes to Fresno.

“Live or die, man?” says Daniel. “Die,” says Chozen. “Wrong…HONK!” Daniel then honks his nose and drops him to the ground, as Miyagi had done with Kreese following the tournament in California. The movie ends here.

The Karate Kid

  • Directors: John G Avildsen
  • Producers: Jerry Weintraub
  • Writers: Robert Mark Kamen
  • Genres: Family, Sport
  • Actors: Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita, Elisabeth Shue

Teenager Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) moves with his mother (Randee Heller) from Newark, New Jersey to Reseda, a neighborhood in the San Fernando Valley region of Los Angeles, California. The family is in search of a new beginning, after the death of Daniel’s father. Their new apartment’s handyman is an eccentric but kindly and humble Okinawan immigrant named Mr. Miyagi (Pat Morita).

Daniel meets a potential girlfriend, Ali Mills (Elisabeth Shue), but while doing so, earns the enmity of her ex-boyfriend, Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka), a karate student. Johnny is the best student at the Cobra Kai karate dojo, where he is taught an unethical, vicious form of martial arts. Daniel knows some karate from books and the YMCA in New Jersey, but is the target of repeated severe beatings from the much more experienced Johnny and his friends.

When Mr. Miyagi witnesses one of the beatings, he intervenes and, in a surprising display of karate skill, defeats all 5 Cobra Kai with ease. Awed, Daniel asks Mr. Miyagi to be his teacher. Mr. Miyagi initially refuses, but agrees to go with Daniel to the Cobra Kai dojo to see if they can resolve the conflict. They confront the sensei of the Cobra Kai dojo, John Kreese (Martin Kove), to stop the harassment. However, Kreese, an ex-Special Forces Vietnam Veteran, sneers at the concepts of mercy and restraint. Kreese suggests a new match between Johnny and Daniel, which Miyagi deflects by announcing that the match should take place in two months’ time at the “All Valley Karate Tournament”, where Cobra Kai students can fight Daniel on equal terms. Mr. Miyagi also requests that the bullying stop while the boy trains. Kreese orders his students to leave Daniel alone, but threatens that if Daniel does not show up for the tournament, the harassment will resume and Miyagi will also become a target.

In the final scene, Daniel and Johnny are tied, both one point away from victory. Daniel, barely able to stand, assumes the “Crane Kick” stance, and delivers a blow squarely to Johnny’s chin, winning the tournament. Johnny, having gained newfound respect for his adversary, takes Daniel’s trophy from the emcee and presents it to Daniel himself.

Transporter 3

  • Directors: Olivier Megaton
  • Producers: Luc Besson, Steve Chasman
  • Writers: Luc Besson, Robert Mark Kamen
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Crime, Thriller
  • Actors: Jason Statham, Robert Knepper, Natalya Rudakova, Eriq Ebouaney

Frank Martin (Jason Statham) has been pressured into transporting a package, together with Valentina (Natalya Rudakova), the kidnapped daughter of Leonid Vasilev (Jeroen Krabbe); as it turns out later, the objective is to deliver her. Both have a device attached to their wrist which will explode if the person concerned goes more than 75 feet from the car. Vasilev is the head of the Environmental Protection Agency for Ukraine. Frank Martin must travel from Marseille through Munich and Budapest until he ends up in Odessa on the Black Sea. With the help of Inspector Tarconi (François Berléand), Frank must contend with the people who strong-armed him into taking the job, agents sent by the Ukraine government to intercept him, and the general non-cooperation of his passenger.

Valentina thinks she is going to die, and consumes drugs and alcohol to feel better and have some fun for the last time. Frank is not happy with this, because both have to remain sharp. However, Frank and Valentina fall for each other, while escaping from one life-threatening situation after another. Statham again drives an armored Audi A8 W12 in the film.

The Fifth Element

  • Directors: Luc Besson
  • Producers: Patrice Ledoux
  • Writers: Luc Besson, Robert Mark Kamen
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Romance, Sci-Fi, Thriller
  • Actors: Bruce Willis, Gary Oldman, Milla Jovovich, Ian Holm, Chris Tucker

The story’s premise is that every five thousand years, in conjunction with a planetary arrangement, a ‘Great Evil’ appears whose purpose is to destroy life. In preparation for the next appearance in 2263, a group of aliens called the Mondoshawan arrive on Earth in 1914 to extract the only weapon capable of defeating the Great Evil, a collection of four stones representing the Classical Elements and the eponymous Fifth Element that conjugates the other four into organic life.[1] After taking the weapons, the Mondoshawans present a key to a priest and tell him to pass the information provoking their mission through future generations in preparation for the Evil’s arrival.

In 2263, the Great Evil appears and destroys an interplanetary battleship. When the Mondoshawans attempt to deliver the Elements back to Earth, they are ambushed by another alien race, the shape-shifting Mangalores. Earthly scientists are able to recover a portion of the Fifth Element and use a reconstitution device to recreate it, whereupon it takes the form of an apparently human woman named “Leeloo” described as “the perfect being”. Leeloo, terrified of her unfamiliar environs, escapes the scientists and arrives in the care of taxi driver Korben Dallas, a former major in the Federated Army’s Special Forces. Dallas then delivers her to Priest Vito Cornelius, the current holder of the Mondoshawans’ knowledge. Dallas, Cornelius, and his acolyte David help Leeloo recover, though Dallas is forced out of Cornelius’ apartment before learning her purpose. Cornelius learns from Leeloo that the four Elements were not carried by the Mondoshawans but instead entrusted to Diva Plavalaguna, a singer currently performing on a luxury space liner at Fhloston Paradise, and that Leeloo must recover the stones from her. Meanwhile, wealthy industrialist Jean-Baptiste Emmanuel Zorg has attempted to gain the stones as urged by communication with the Great Evil. After learning that the Mangalores’ attack on the Mondoshawans was unsuccessful in recovering the stones, Zorg betrays and kills them, whereupon the surviving Mangalores decide to extract revenge and gain the stones for themselves.

The four return to the temple on Earth as the Great Evil rushes towards the planet. There, Dallas finds Leeloo disillusioned and unwilling to perform her role, believing that humans will destroy themselves despite her rescue of them. As the protagonists arrange the stones in the temple to form their weapon, they are briefly baffled by their ignorance of the weapon’s operation, but discover that each stone is triggered by the presence of the Classical element to which it corresponds. Dallas then convinces Leeloo to perform her role, embraces her, and kisses her. At this, Leeloo releases the weapon’s “Divine Light”, causing the Great Evil to become a new moon in Earth’s orbit. Later, the President and General Munro go to congratulate Dallas on his successful mission, but are unable to contact him. Viewers then see that he and Leeloo are making love in the resurrection chamber.


  • Directors: Pierre Morel
  • Producers: Luc Besson
  • Writers: Luc Besson, Robert Mark Kamen
  • Genres: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
  • Actors: Liam Neeson, Famke Janssen, Maggie Grace, Xander Berkeley, Holly Valance, Katie Cassidy

Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) is a retired CIA operative, called a “preventer”, from their elite Special Activities Division. He has retired to spend more time with his 17-year-old daughter Kim (Maggie Grace), who now lives with his ex-wife Lenore (Famke Janssen) and her new wealthy husband Stuart (Xander Berkeley). When pop diva Sheerah (Holly Valance) comes to town, Mills is hired for security. After the show, Sheerah is attacked, but Bryan disables the assailant and gets her safely out of danger. Thankful, Sheerah expresses some interest in Mills’ daughter after learning that Kim wants to be a singer herself. Sheerah passes along her contact information.

The next day, Mills discovers that Kim wants to take a holiday trip to Paris, with her friend Amanda (Katie Cassidy). Despite his initial concerns about the trip, Mills allows her to go, later discovering that their actual plan is to travel around Europe following the band U2. Arriving at the Paris airport, Kim and Amanda meet a Frenchman named Peter (Nicolas Giraud), who learns their address and reports it to an unseen associate.

In the house, Kim receives a phone call from her father, which she answers in the bathroom. From the bathroom window, she sees men entering the main room and abducting Amanda. Mills is able to gain critical information about the kidnappers in the final moments after Kim is kidnapped by telling her to shout out everything about them that she notices. Briefly, Mills talks to one of the kidnappers, warning him that unless Kim is released, he will pursue him and kill him, to which the kidnapper replies “good luck” before smashing her phone.

By impersonating Jean-Claude, Mills gains entry to the building where new girls are being sold, and secures entry to one of the buyers’ viewing booths. He sees his daughter as she is displayed on the auction block. However, he is captured before he can engineer an escape for himself and Kim. Mills manages to escape and find Saint-Clair, whom he kills after learning that his daughter is being taken by Qatari clients. Mills manages to follow the car Kim is being taken in, and sees her being transported away on a yacht. He jumps on to the ship from a bridge and kills everyone in his way, finally freeing his daughter. Back in the U.S., Kim is reunited with her mother, and Mills finally introduces her to Sheerah, having arranged an audition with her vocal coach.

Lethal Weapon 3

  • Directors: Richard Donner
  • Producers: Richard Donner, Joel Silver
  • Writers: Screenplay, Jeffrey Boam, Robert Mark Kamen, Story, Jeffrey Boam
  • Genres: Action, Crime, Thriller
  • Actors: Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Joe Pesci, Rene Russo, Stuart Wilson, Steve Kahan

L.A.P.D. Sergeants Riggs and Murtaugh respond to a bomb threat. Riggs convinces Murtaugh – who is working his last week before retirement – to enter the building before the bomb squad arrives, claiming that he can defuse the bomb himself, and that the bomb squad is always late. They have an argument about which wire to cut. He convinces Murtaugh that they should cut the blue wire using the toilet bomb incident that occurred three years ago as an example, but instead he cuts the red wire. When he cuts the red wire, however, the bomb’s timer accelerates, and the partners barely escape before the bomb detonates and destroys the building. To add insult to injury, the bomb squad arrives a few seconds later. Although they save a cat, the partners are demoted to patrol officers.

During their first patrol, Riggs and Murtaugh foil a routine armored car robbery; surprisingly, the robbers are found to have pistols loaded with armor-piercing bullets which Murtaugh refers to as “Cop Killers”. They order one of the robbers brought in for interrogation, but arrive to find someone has infiltrated the police station and killed him. A hidden camera shows the killer to be former LAPD Lieutenant Jack Edward Travis, legendary for both his brutality and his corruption. Riggs and Murtaugh are eager to investigate, but they are shunted to the side by Internal Affairs Sergeant Lorna Cole.

Riggs declares his love for Lorna after her near death experience as she waits to be transported to the hospital. Lorna is reluctant as she fears she will lose Riggs like all the others did. But Riggs claims that it is “not likely” to happen and the two kiss before Lorna is airlifted to hospital. On his retirement day, Murtaugh reconsiders and decides to enlist again, preserving the Riggs/Murtaugh partnership.