Legendary Karate Kid Screenwriter Robert Kamen On ‘The Fifth Element,’ ‘Taken,’ And ‘Creating’ Jason Statham

Legendary Karate Kid Screenwriter Robert Kamen On ‘The Fifth Element,’ ‘Taken,’ And ‘Creating’ Jason Statham

Uproxx - News·2021-02-13 07:02

It was initially a random question about Mr. Miyagi that led me to Robert Kamen, the writer of The Karate Kid. While The Karate Kid has become a cottage industry unto itself, and made fine careers out of originally small parts for half the cast (a few of whom I’ve interviewed myself), the man who created “wax on, wax off” and “sweep the leg” has stayed well out of the spotlight. This despite the movie being, at least partly, a riff on his own life story. After getting beaten up by bullies on the way to the 1964 World’s Fair, Kamen took up karate, being taught first by a bellicose Marine captain and later immersing himself in Goju-ryu, founded by Okinawan karateka Chojun Miyagi.

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