Turning Japanese

2 03 2008

I noticed today while watching The Karate Kid, Part II, that Mr. Miyagi can’t really speak Japanese. He always speaks broken English, even when he is talking to his Japanese friends in Japan. Now it’s one thing to speak English when Ralph Macchio is around so as to not leave him out of the conversation, but even when Miyagi is alone with other Japanese people he still doesn’t speak Japanese, just his fabulous broken English.

I know that Pat Morita doesn’t actually speak Japanese, at least that’s what I’ve heard. He really doesn’t even have a Japanese accent, as he was born in Las Vegas.

You would think that the makers of the film would have went for absolute realism and made him learn a few lines of Japanese for the parts when he is Japan.

It’s just weird is all.




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