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Review | More than Miyagi: The Pat Morita Story


Today, 5, the documentary premieres in the USA More than Miyagi: The Pat Morita Story about the actor's life Pat Morita, which in Brazil is better known as the Lord Miyagi in Karate Kid. The documentary shows the entire trajectory of the actor, since his childhood in concentration camps in the USA during World War II, his work as a comedian, the Oscar nomination by Karate Kid and also his problems with alcoholism.

We have already checked out the documentary, which features comments from actors and friends of the actor, Ralph Macchio, William Zabka, Martin Kove (the trio of Karate Kid and the series Snake Kai, of YouTube / Netflix), in addition to others such as Tommy Chong (That '70s Show) who made an emotional statement about Morita being the only person who continued to speak to him during his arrest, as well as James Hong who taught a lesson on how important the star was to the Asian community by breaking the way Japanese and Chinese actors were viewed in the U.S.

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Ralph Macchio and William Zabka - Source: More than Miyagi: The Pat Morita Story

The documentary is presented as a whole by his wife, Evelyn Guerrero, who besides being an actress was the first Latina to pose nude for Playboy magazine. Guerrero showed all the most intimate part of Morita, his thoughts, longings, his pain that he brought since his father's death, as well as his problem with alcohol.

More than Miyagi: The Pat Morita Story, is more than an actor's biography. It is a lesson in US history, its entertainment industry, parts that are so tragic of how Asians were seen (Japanese and Chinese are all the same), end up becoming tragicomic.

The documentary written by Oscar Alvarez and Kevin Derek (also a director), it is so elaborate that the viewer can see the whole essence of the actor's life. It is never easy to convey a biography without being critical, but More than Miyagi: The Pat Morita Story he manages to do the job with great respect between the actor and those who seek to know more about who Pat Morita was behind the camera.

The documentary is on the streaming channel of Amazon Prime and does not yet have a date or location to be distributed in Brazil.


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