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Exclusive: Interview with “The Karate Kid” director Harald Zwart
Harald Zwart recently sat down with MakingOf to discuss his approach in remaking “The Karate Kid.” Zwart was motivated to make the movie more about the relationship between blah and blah and less about the actual fighting. ”I kind of wanted to make it almost as if it were an independent film, very handheld, very reality based, very emotional; I talk more about that than the fights.”
But for those who are interested in the fighting side of the story, don’t be dissapointed: ”From the beginning wanted the fighting as-in-your-face dangerous and emotionally tough as The Bourne Identity and all those fights, which I thought are great fight scenes.”
Zwart discusses Kung Fu (which is what the kids in the movie actually do), scouting for the right locations in China with minimal crew, and also pointed out “Stand By Me” as an inspiration for what he envisioned — a movie for grown-ups with children in it.