I watched Karate Kid part 2 a lot when I was young, but I never really thought about how it’s actually a really well done sequel. It’s a completely new story that’s not a re-tread of the first film, it’s set in a completely new location with all new supporting characters, the location is beautifully shot, the villains are complex and interesting (much more than in the first one…“I was wrong, HATE is wrong…”) and the call backs to the first film are done in cool ways (Daniel trying to do the crane kick and getting stuffed is an all-time classic film moment). Lots of good emotion throughout the movie. Honestly it’s probably a better film than the first one. Oh and it’s got the great opening scene that takes place right after the first movie ends…I love those things!
Now part 3 is just hilarious(ly bad) and is the standard retread formula that most sequels are.