More a sequel to the original than an extension of the action in Part II, THE KARATE KID PART III is half-hearted and very dull. It begins with a reprise of the climax of THE KARATE KID, as Daniel La Russo (Ralph Macchio) snatches tournament victory from the evil Cobra Kai karate dojo
run by John Kreese (Martin L. Kove), whose philosophy is to win without mercy. Enraged at his students' loss, Kreese plots to get even with Daniel and his wise mentor, Mr. Miyagi (Pat Morita), enlisting the aid of toxic-waste-dumping tycoon and martial-arts expert (Thomas Ian Griffith) who has an
even wider mean streak. It all winds up with another tournament, where Daniel, though his...