In an interview with Hollywood Reporter, Ralph Macchio didn’t hold back when expressing his dislike for The Karate Kid Part III. He said: “I felt like history was only repeating itself… It wasn’t smooth sailing. At the end of the day, there were parts of the character that I didn’t embrace as well as I did in the original and the first sequel. I don’t put it at the top of my resume.”
Macchio said GQ that the script lacks “freshness” regarding his character. He also felt that the film placed too much emphasis on different types of martial arts, whereas its predecessors had more magical iconic moments. Who could ever forget Mr. Miyagi’s “wax, wax” lesson?
Also, after literally fighting for his life against Chozen (Yuji Okumoto) in The Karate Kid Part 2, some fans were disappointed by Daniel’s lack of powers in the subsequent film. on reddit, u/Spidey007 said, “[H]He became a mature, strong, deadly man. KK3 erases all of that. Karate Kid 3 ruined Daniel’s character and fighting skills. He became stubborn, unbearable, frail, weak to me … “
However, according to Macchio, the third film also has a positive side – it helped influence the popular Netflix series Cobra Kai, which recently filmed its fifth season. “[I]This informs Cobra Kai of the future, especially Season 4. He gives us so much story,” Macchio told The Hollywood Reporter. “And what’s so great about making Cobra Kai is that the creators find ways to take that story and let it evolve and find backstories for the characters that may have been thinly written.”