Posted by: Jeff K <Send E-Mail> Date: Friday, May 20, 2016, at 12:02 p.m. IP Address: static-74-43-16-254.fnd.frontiernet.net
There are a few cues from Karate Kid's 1 & 3 that are amazing. "Kata Training" in the 3rd movie is maybe Bill's best musical cue he has ever done.
However, of the three movies, by far the best score to me is Karate Kid II and I'm a bit surprised it was not touched on hardly at all in this review.
The use of both traditional symphony instruments and other Asian instruments is a great combination and symbolizes the mix of cultures in the film. It has other cues not seen in the other movies such as the Tsunami cut, the love theme between Kumiko and Daniel, Myagi's father's funeral and more.
To me, it was one of the better scores of the 80's because it didn't take itself too seriously like you may see from someone like John Barry, maintained some of its iconic charm from the first film, while still producing quality music that any score lover should want.