The Karate Kid is an American martial arts film written by Robert Mark Kamen
It is the first instalment in the Karate Kid franchise, and stars Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita, and Elisabeth Shue
The Karate Kid follows Daniel LaRusso, a teenager taught Gōjū-ryū karate by Mr Miyagi to help defend himself
The film received universal acclaim from critics, many of whom praised the action sequences, writing, storyline, acting performances, and music
The film was also a commercial success, grossing $100 million in the United States and Canada, making it one of the highest-grossing films of 1984
The Karate Kid subsequently launched a media franchise and is credited for popularizing karate in the United States.