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Ralph Macchio Shares His Thoughts On A Cobra Kai Prequel Starring Mr. Miyagi

The success of Cobra Kai is proof that audiences are still interested in The Karate Kid story, and invested in the characters introduced in the original movies. While anyone with a Netflix subscription can now catch up on what’s going on with Daniel LaRusso and most of his past adversaries in the present day, there’s one key character the Netflix series won’t feature for new adventures. Mr. Miyagi can’t appear in new scenes of Cobra Kai, but could a prequel series happen? CinemaBlend asked actor Ralph Macchio about just that, and he had some thoughts. 

I had a chance to speak to Ralph Macchio about the release of his latest book, Waxing On: The Karate Kid And Me (opens in new tab), where he speaks at length about his friendship with Mr. Miyagi actor, Pat Morita. As such, I asked him about the idea of a prequel that followed Mr. Miyagi, and if that was something he’d like to see made should Cobra Kai lead to spinoffs: 

I would love to [see that]. What is the young Miyagi story? What was that teenager and that man in his twenties who went to World War II and lost his wife and child–which is all part of the original Karate Kid film. What led that guy in the little pieces of history we learned from him in Karate Kid Part Two in Okinawa? What led this guy to be a maintenance man in a small apartment building in Reseda? [It’s] kind of a mirror of what Johnny Lawrence started out with in the first season of Cobra Kai. It’s all ripe to be there. Whatever it is I would love to see it.

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