Finish Him! Things You May Not Know About The Karate Kid

Released in 1984, The Karate Kid is a martial arts drama film starring Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita, and Elisabeth Shue. The movie follows the story of Daniel LaRusso, a new kid in the Los Angeles area who learns karate from Mr. Miyagi, his apartment complex’s handyman and karate master. Upon its release, the film was acclaimed by critics and audiences, launching Macchio’s career, revitalizing Morita’s and popularizing karate in the United States. Now, step into the dojo and check out these lesser-known facts about The Karate Kid.

“You’re The Best” Was Written For A Different Film

Karate tournament
Columbia Pictures
Columbia Pictures

One of the most iconic montage scenes of the 1980s is when Daniel LaRusso works his way through the climactic karate tournament with Joe Esposito’s “You’re The Best” blasting in the background.

Unknown to most, was that the song was initially written by Bill Conti and Allee Willis to be featured in Rocky III, but was replaced by “Eye of the Tiger.” It was later revealed that the song was also planned to be used in the movie Flashdance as well, but was beat out by “Maniac.”