After taking pops to see the remake of the classic, the tremendous, the perfect 1984 original Karate Kid movie, I wanted to do one thing. Go home and rent the classic, perfect original and watch it again. Because that’s the thing about classics. No matter how much time has passed, how much bigger the budget, how much more elaborate the sets, how exotic the location and how many Hollywood-born and raised children star in them, nothing can outshine the original. Don’t get me wrong, Jaden Smith was adorable. He even elicited a few close to tear moments from me with his acting skills. And his flexibility as a Kung Fu fighter in training was impressive. But he was far, very very far, from Ralph Macchio.
In reminiscing over Ralph’s Karate Kid, I found a few images of screen stills from the movie and was reminded how simply (and perfectly matched for his character, Daniel Larusso) he dressed. Heather gray cotton sweatshirts with the neck and sleeves cut off, camouflage pants, Pendleton-like plaid button downs, denim jean cutoff shorts, vintage tank tops and Nike cortez sneakers. So much of this style is (still) fashionable today. I mean, really, when will vintage tees and denim Levi’s not be in style? So, in honor of Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita and classics everywhere, here are screen shots along with some items in our vault for sale that scream Bonsai, Southern California and Flying Crane karate techniques.