It’s been a while since I posted on stars that weren’t Chinese, but Will Smith‘s family is just too precious to pass up. They recently attended the first press conference of the movie, Kung Fu Kid, a remake of the 1984 Karate Kid movie, but with a name change to befit the location change. Jackie Chan will be taking up Pat Morita’s role, changed from Mr. Miyagi to Mr. Han.
Taraji P. Henson, will be playing a single mother, who moves with her son to Beijing, China due to job pressures. I think it’ll be interesting to see how they portray a foreign expatriate family in China. Even though it’s a common story in real life (see Kanye West), I don’t recall such stories being represented in film before and that intrigues me a lot more than the Kung Fu aspect. Will Smith’s son, Jaden Smith is the lead this time. Who else thinks that they need to make a live-action version of the Boondocks with this kid? His fro and his deadpan facial expresssion in these pictures scream Huey Freeman. Is it just me?
The production behind this includes a Chinese company, China Film Group, which has produced Chinese children’s films like CJ-7 and other less child-friendly films like Nanking!Nanking!. This collab guarantees that Kung Fu Kid will guaranteed national distribution across China, instead of being restricted by the usual import quotas on foreign films. The screenwriter is Steven Conrad who wrote The Pursuit of Happyness, which was Jaden’s debut film.
What happened to Jada Pinkett Smith?
Edit: Apparently director Han Sanping (not the director of the film though) and Jackie Chan were there too. I’m not sure why this press conference was out in the open in Beijing, where it’s tremendously hot in summer. Especially when everything is dragged out twice as long as usual due to translation necessities.