Saturday, October 23, 2010

The Karate Kid

There was the Karate Kid of 2010, but nothing, repeat, nothing compares to the trilogy of the 1980s. The movie still sits proudly in my DVD collection as one of my all-time most inspirational movies that defined my childhood. This, ofcourse, is the hilarious Fly catching scene (that was somewhat replicated in this year's film) with Miyagi's tagline "Man who catch fly with chopstick accomplish anything".

So I thought, hey, if that movie had such an impact on my life, why not use it as the theme to the upcoming Drawtism exhibition to raise awareness of those affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder. Watching it now, almost 30 years after its original release, it dealt with the mixing of middle class America with different cultures, classes and values. Yet despite all the social constraints there was some commonality that allowed all characters (not just Miyagi and Daniel) to succeed. Loosely, this is what I felt the challenge of having autism was - the overcoming of the barriers of communication and expressing thoughts, ideas and actions freely.

Then again, if over analysing something wasn't so annoying, the Karate Kid just remains to be a legendary film.

This piece as well as many others will be auctioned off for the charity in November and will be on display at the Melbourne Treasury Building from this Friday!


  1. That's friggin awesome! I definately feel you on this movie being a keystone from my childhood. And for a good cause to boot. Is it being auctioned online? I'd love to get my hands an original Tominaga.

  2. Dear Nori,
    The work is so good! And your kind thoughts of people with autism that touche me. Really lovely. Also, often people with autism have wonderful artistic talents. I sincerely hope the charity will go well. Go, Nori, go!!
    Cheers, Sadami

  3. Looks awesome, Nori! All the best with the auction :) Is this digital or traditional btw?

  4. It is indeed a remarkable job, and the fact that you can associate it with the gradual amalgamation of middle class america and its cultures is also quite commendable, a certain class consciousness is also touched upon if you look closer. Good job, I would however like to see some of your other personal work as well. Eagerly waiting,

  5. love your paintstyle man, awesome work.

  6. This is AWESOME!

    How did the drawtism event go? My friend was involved in the organisation of it, maybe you know her.