Posted by: Liza Rosenberg | November 18, 2007

80s Music Video Sunday #44

What do you get when you combine a restaurant-owner from Happy Days with a young cousin from Eight is Enough? If you guessed three Karate Kid movies, you’d be spot on. In one of the most successful movie series of the 80s, we were repeatedly brought back to the theaters to watch Pat Morita, who played Arnold on Happy Days, and Ralph Macchio, who played cousin Jeremy during the later years on Eight is Enough, as they showed us again and again that goodness always triumphs in the end (though not without quite a bit of sap along the way). Apparently, there was also a fourth Karate Kid flick made in the early nineties, which helped to launch the career of Hilary Swank, but given that I only discovered this earlier today, I confess that I never had the distinct pleasure of watching yet another Karate Kid film.

As a big fan of both television shows (they just don’t make shows like they used to!), I was more than happy to witness the repeated pairing of this duo, and was saddened to hear of Morita’s passing back in 2005. Macchio, of course, is still the guy who never really looks any older, despite the fact that he’s 46 years old!

As I mentioned, there were three Karate Kid films that came out in the 80s. If I had to pick a favorite, it would have to be Karate Kid II, which came out in 1986. I saw it during the summer, while working as a staff babysitter at my old summer camp, though for the life of me, I can’t fathom where there might have been a cinema close to Barryville, NY, which is where the camp was located. But I digress. I suppose I liked KK II the best because of the fact that it was set in Japan (despite being filmed on the Hawaiian island of Oahu), and I enjoyed learning bits about Japanese culture.

As much as I enjoyed the movie though, what really swayed me was the theme song. I’d always been a big fan of the band Chicago, and continued to enjoy the music of Peter Cetera even after he left the group and went solo. And of course, being the typical angst-ridden teenager who was always looking for that knight in shining armor, this song, not to mention the scenes shown while it was being played in the movie, struck a chord with me.

Glory of Love
Peter Cetera

Tonight it’s very clear
As we’re both lying here
There’s so many things I want to say
I will always love you
I would never leave you alone

Sometimes I just forget
Say things I might regret
It breaks my heart to see you crying
I don’t wanna lose you
I could never make it alone

I am a man who will fight for your honor
I’ll be the hero you’re dreaming of
We’ll live forever
Knowing together that we
Did it all for the glory of love

You’ll keep me standing tall
You’ll help me through it all
I’m always strong when you’re beside me
I have always needed you
I could never make it alone

I am a man who will fight for your honor
I’ll be the hero you’ve been dreaming of
We’ll live forever
Knowing together that we
Did it all for the glory of love

Just like a knight in shining armor
From a long time ago
Just in time I will save the day
Take you to my castle far away

I am a man who will fight for your honor
I’ll be the hero you’re dreaming of
We’re gonna live forever
Knowing together that we
Did it all for the glory of love

We’ll live forever
Knowing together that we
Did it all for the glory of love

We did it all for love
We did it all for love
We did it all for love
We did it all for love

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Responses

  1. Wow. “Karate Kid” is my all-time favorite movie. I think my ears were burning when you wrote this.

    ALWAYS LOOK EYE, DANIEL-SAN!!!

  2. I loved the 2nd one as well. And this song, as you know, has a special place in my heart as it was the song playing the first time that I ever danced with my hubby. Memorable, as I don’t think I need more than one hand to count the number of times we have danced… and we’ve been together for over 18 years… so it’s a memorable event every time! 😀

  3. When I was young, I thought he was singing, “I am the man who will fight for your arm.” I really had this vivid mental picture of a knight defending a women from something that wanted to eat her arm.

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