Encore is hoping so. It will run all four of the previous "Karate Kid" movies -- three with Ralph Macchio, the fourth one with Hilary Swank; all with Pat Morita -- on Friday, the day the new one with Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan opens. I am very fond of the first one, moderately entertained by the second and see no particular value in the third and fourth. The new, fifth one is pretty much a reworking of the first, but still entertaining.
Here are the Friday times:
· The Karate Kid 5:50 p.m. (Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita, Elisabeth Shue)
· The Karate Kid Part II 8:00 p.m. (Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita, Nobu McCarthy)
· The Karate Kid Part III 9:55 p.m. (Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita, Robyn Lively)
· The Next Karate Kid 11:50 p.m. (Hilary Swank, Pat Morita, Michael Ironside)