Late Karate Kid director John Avildsen originally filmed the entire 1984 project on a camcorder, which can now be watched in its entirety.
Original Karate Kid director, the late John Avildsen, apparently shot a rehearsal version of the entire film on a camcorder which can be watched in its entirety on YouTube.
Posted to YouTube by Lethal Weapon actor Andrew Patrick Ralston, the entire lo-fi version — filmed in 1983 — is nearly two hours long. Some of the footage only takes place on an empty sound stage, but other parts were shot with in-costume actors on location.
“Incredible rare video rehearsal footage from John G. Avildsen. He shot the entire movie with a video camera before using a frame of film,” Ralston wrote. “I downloaded all of the clips he had on his personal Youtube channel and consolidated them into one 2 hour clip. The curator side of me was worried that since John died in 2017, this footage could eventually be lost.”
The rehearsal video also includes some deleted scenes from the original Karate Kid, which debuted in 1984. Avildsen, who passed away in 2017, directed all of the original Karate Kid films, which then went on to receive reboot after reboot, including the popular Netflix show Cobra Kai.
Cobra Kai stars William Zabka, Ralph Macchio, Courtney Henggeler, Xolo Maridueña, Mary Mouser, Tanner Buchanan and Martin Kove. Seasons 1 and 2 are now streaming on Netflix, with Season 3 slated to premiere in 2021.
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