The transcript below is from the video “The Karate Kid Cast: Then and Now (11 Years After)” by Things About Them.
The Karate Kid known as the Kung Fu Dream in China is a 2010 wuxia martial arts drama film directed by Harald Zwart and part of The Karate Kid series. It stars Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan in lead roles, and it was produced by Jerry Weintraub, James Lassiter, Ken Stovitz and Jaden’s parents Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith.
The plot concerns 12-year-old Dre Parker (Jaden Smith) from Detroit, Michigan who moves to Beijing, China with his mother (Taraji P. Henson) and runs afoul of the neighborhood bully Cheng (Zhenwei Wang). He makes an unlikely ally in the form of an aging maintenance man, Mr. Han (Jackie Chan), a Kung Fu master who teaches him the secrets of self-defense. The screenplay by Christopher Murphey was from the story written by Robert Mark Kamen for the original The Karate Kid. Unlike the original, this remake is set in China, and, despite the movie’s misleading title, features Kung Fu instead of Japanese-Okinawan Karate. The film’s music was composed by James Horner. It is an international co-production between China, Hong Kong, and the United States.
Today, we are talking about The Karate Kids cast then and now.
Taraji P. Henson is Sherry Parker
Taraji Penda Henson (born 11 September, 1970), is an American actress. She studied acting at Howard University and began her Hollywood career in guest roles on several television shows before making her breakthrough in Baby Boy (2001). She received praise for her performances as a prostitute in Hustle & Flow (2005), for which she received a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture nomination; and as a single mother of a disabled child in David Fincher’s The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008), for which she received Academy Award, SAG Award and Critics Choice Award nominations for Best Supporting Actress. In 2010, she appeared in the action comedy Date Night, and co-starred in the remake of The Karate Kid.
Zhenwei Wang as Cheng
Zhenwei Wang is a Chinese-born movie actor, known for The Karate Kid (2010) and movie Movie Martial Arts vs. Reality (2012), and a black belt martial arts expert who made his film debut as Cheng in the 2010 remake of The Karate Kid. Born on October 20, 1995, in Handan, Hebei China, an industrial city in Southern Hebei province in Eastern China, a communications and transportation hub on the Phiang river north of Enyang, population 1,221,900 2006, to a middle-class family. Zhenwei had never acted before 2010. He started training in Wushu at the Beijing Shichahai amateur sports school at age 4.
Jackie Chan as Mr. Han
Chan Kong-sang (born 7 April, 1954), known professionally as Jackie Chan, is a Hong Kong martial artist, actor, stuntman, filmmaker, action choreographer and singer. He is known in the cinematic world for his slapstick acrobatic fighting style, comic timing, use of improvised weapons and innovative stunts, which he typically performs himself. He has trained in Wushu Kung Fu and Hapkido and has been acting since the 1960s, appearing in more than 150 films.
Luke Carberry as Harry
Luke Carberry is an American actor and graduate of Western Academy of Beijing. Though born in the USA in 1996, he moved to Beijing when he was 5 years old in 2001 with his family to study Mandarin Chinese. He studied at Western Academy of Beijing (WOB) for 12 years, starting in grade 1 in 2002 until 2014 when he graduated at age 18. His mother is Ellen Carberry and his younger sister is Chloe.
Jaden Smith as Dre Parker
Jaden Christopher Syre Smith (born 8 July, 1998), sometimes known by just a mononym Jaden, is an American actor, rapper, singer and songwriter. Smith’s first role was with his father Will Smith in the 2006 film The Pursuit of Happiness and would again appear with his father in the 2013 film After Earth. He also starred in the remake films The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008), and The Karate Kid (2010). He released CTV2, his second mixtape, in November 2014. Following a three-year work effort, he released his debut studio album, Syre, on November 17, 2017. His second studio album, Erys, was released on July 5, 2019. His third studio album, CTV3: Cool Tape Vol. 3, was released on August 28, 2020. Smith has returned to acting as of 2017, acting in the two part Netflix original The Get Down and a voice acting role in the Netflix original anime Neo Yokio.
Wenwen Han as Meiying
Wenwen Han is a Chinese movie actress, violinist and dancer. She is best known for her role as Meiying in Harald Zwart’s 2010 film, The Karate Kid, which is a remake of the original 1984 film. Han was born and grew up in Xian, China and can speak both Mandarin and English. Before beginning her acting career, she trained as a dancer and a violinist. This Chinese actress is famous for her teenage role as Meiying in the 2010 Jackie Chan movie Karate Kid. Before beginning her acting career, she trained as a dancer and a violinist. By early 2015, she had over 10,000 twitter followers.
Shijia Lü as Liang
Shijia Lü was born on March 14, 1995, in Beijing, China. He is an actor known as Liang in the 2010 remake of The Karate Kid. He is also a martial artist expert and fencing expert. When he’s not busy working, he enjoys fencing and Kung Fu as a hobby. He is also good friends with fellow Chinese movie actor and martial artist Zhenwei Wang.