In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Ralph Macchio didn’t hold back when he expressed his dislike for The Karate Kid Part III. He said: “I felt like history was just repeating itself… It wasn’t a smooth ride. There were parts of the character at the end that I didn’t embrace as well as I did with the original and the first sequel. I don’t put it at the top of my resume.”
Macchio told GQ that the script lacked “freshness” when it came to his character. He also felt that the film put too much emphasis on different types of martial arts, while its predecessors have more magical-iconic moments. Who could ever forget Miyagi-san’s “Wake up, wax off” lesson?
After literally fighting for his life against Chozen (Yuji Okumoto) in The Karate Kid Part II, some fans were disappointed by Daniel’s lack of power in the sequel. On Reddit, u/Spidey007 said: “[H]I became a mature, strong, deadly man. KK3 erases all of this. Karate Kid 3 ruined Daniel’s character and fighting skills. For me he became stubborn, obnoxious, cowardly, weak … “
However, according to Macchio, the third film also has a positive side – it helped influence the hit Netflix series Cobra Kai, which recently canceled its fifth season. “[I]It informs ‘Cobra Kai’ about the future, of course for Season 4. It gives us so much history,” Macchio told The Hollywood Reporter. “And what’s so wonderful about making the ‘Cobra Kai’ series is that the creators are finding ways to take the story and let it develop and find backstories for characters that might have been thinly written.”