Recently, I watched The Karate Kid on television. I hadn’t seen the movie for thirty years, so it was fresh. I remember liking it as a teenager, even feeling a lump in my throat as Ralph Macchio won the karate contest at the end of the movie.

But things change as you grow up – especially when you swallow the red pill. You see through the pretty little lies, the clever conceits. You grow to realize that there is no Wizard of Oz: just some broken-down charlatan behind a curtain.

The Karate Kid is a perfect example of a movie that, upon reflection, fails to deliver. It’s actually a piece of anti-American propaganda. The director, Jerry Weintraub is, quite sadly, another in a long line of Hollywood Jews that uses the film industry to undermine America: i.e. Amy Shumer, Al Goldstein, etc.

Weintraub planted a questionable subplot into the movie, one that was irrelevant to the movie-at-large. What am I talking about? Well, here is the scene in question:

A Japanese Man Blaims the US for War Crimes During World War 2

An important scene in the movie is when Mr. Miyagi – a Japanese man – gets drunk. At the point in the movie, he is the father figure to Ralph Macchio. So the audience has built up a certain amount of affection for Miyagi by this point: his simplistic wisdom, for example. The audience is “on his side,” so to speak.

In walks Ralph Macchio. He finds Mr. Miyagi doubled over, crying. We learn that the old man is mourning the anniversary death of his wife, a woman that died in a Japanese internment camp in California during World War 2 (a place called Manzanar).

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Ralph Macchio learns that America was bad and that Japan was good.

In short, Ralph Macchio learns that America was bad and that Japan was good. The complexity of World War 2 is simplified for the audience. It has all the depth of a WWE championship bout with the “good guy” in one corner and the “bad guy” in another.

Why did his wife have to die in an internment camp? Why did Jerry Weintrub chose that? He could have easily have explained her death as a car accident, cancer, etc. But he made the cause of death political, stirring up anti-American animus in the viewer.

The Reality: Japan Committed Atrocities During World War 2 That Far Exceeded the California Internment Camps

The Japanese committed horrific atrocities during World War 2. For example, let’s remember the Rape of Nanking:

Old women over the age of 70 as well as little girls under the age of 8 were dragged off to be sexually abused. More than 20,000 females (with some estimates as high as 80,000) were gang-raped by Japanese soldiers, then stabbed to death with bayonets or shot so they could never bear witness…Pregnant women were not spared. In several instances, they were raped, then had their bellies slit open and the fetuses torn out.

This was gore on a historic scale. If you for pictures online, you’ll want to vomit. Absolutely savage: beheadings, torture, etc.

I’ll save you the details, but the picture below is a small sample:

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Mr. Miyagi forgot to mention what the Japanese did to Chinese citizens during the Rape of Nanking.

Comparatively, the Japanese internment camps were a cake walk. They could more properly be referred to as detention centers. Just read Farewell to Manzanar, which provides a detailed account of these camps. The narrator is unable to remember any atrocities. The main complaint is the inconvenience of being relocated.

Were the Japanese internment camps unfair? Probably. Were they comparable to the Rape of Nanking? Hardly.



The Karate Kid is a movie (in a long line of Hollywood movies) that promote an anti–American sentiment. It inserts a plot into the movie that is completely unnecessary, simply to sitr up hatred against the United States.

The culprit here is the producer, Jerry Weintraub (recently deceased). You would think that a Jewish man like Weintraub would have a little more respect for America. The United States opened its doors to the Jewish people, allowing them to seek refuge from Nazi Germany. For him to slam America’s involvement in World War 2 shows a complete lack of gratitude.

Meet Jerry Weintraub, a Jewish man that complained about American atrocities during WW2.

Weintraub should have been thankful for what the United States has done for the Jewish people; instead, he used his power to undermine the nation that gave them refuge.

*Disclaimer: Some people might question how responsible Weintraub was for the scene. To them, I pose this question: Do you think he would have bankrolled a film that had a pro-Nazi scene in it? You already know the answer, so I’ll leave it at that.

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5 thoughts on “The Karate Kid Was a Piece of Anti-American Propaganda

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    1. Thank you, Sorcery. I hope I have not ruined future viewing of Pat Morita and Ralph Macchio films. I imagine that they depend on syndication checks to maintain their standard of living.

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