Wax on

The Japanese title for “The Karate Kid” is “Best Kid“, which is kind of funny if you think about why they felt compelled to replace a perfectly understandable title (to the average Jiro or Hanako, anyway) for one that makes a hell of a lot less sense and sounds, well, kinda gay (You the bestest, Daniel-san! Done waxing the floor? Time to wax that a**!). But there goes my homophobic reflex again, soiling an otherwise pristine musing. Speaking of gay, the soundtrack for this movie is so synthesizically enhanced it makes me embarassed to have grown up in the same era. Otherwise, I find it a pleasure to watch once every few years or so.
Imagine my surprise when I found the Cobra-kai in real life. They have high-ranking fighters in the Japanese PANCRASE “hyper-wrestling” league, and they live up to their movie reputation. Basically, they all wear black short-sleeve gi and act like assholes during the tournaments, especially after they win.
What is our motto, ladies?
Strike First! Strike Hard! No Mercy, Sir!

4 thoughts on “Wax on”

  1. Saw that too…I think they were showing all 14 of those “Best Kid” flicks the other weekend. I like the one that supposedly takes place in Okinawa. I always find myself rooting for whoever his opponent is…
    I have to take issue with your disparaging remarks about those analog synths. That’s classical music.

  2. Well I had to find some way of making you talk… Where you been?
    I had a dream where I was Ric Ocasek in his “Emotion in Motion” video but people were laughing and mistaking me for John Kerry. WTF is wrong with me?

  3. Had to head back to the home country to experience a bachelor party and wedding (in NYC and FL respectively). Plus I had to recover from that hangover your inflicted on me…

  4. Dude, I know it took like six years to do the first one, but we should plan to do another one in the foreseeable future.

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