"Kung Fu Kid!" Huh? Why make a remake then? Apparently, the oh-so-charming Jaden Smith is more of a Kung Fu guy than a Karate kid! Plus, "Kung Fu" is "in" right now, with the whole Jack Black as Panda thing, so hence, the title change.
As our friends at firstshowing.net reported:
"They don't want to call it Karate Kid any more," Chan said. "They want to call it The Kung Fu Kid." He quickly changed topics and unfortunately didn't add any more about as to why this change was being made. Our guess is that since this remake is a Chinese co-production and being shot in Beijing, it's much more relevant today to use kung fu as opposed to karate (which isn't as popular as it was back in the 80's) and also more appropriate considering karate actually has its historical roots in kung fu. As in, story updates and Chinese influence caused them to change the title to be more culturally relevant and accurate.
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