Apahm 2019 special honor - pat morita
“i would first witness how pat worked when they were filming the beginning scenes of "the karate kid 2", at cal state northridge, the reprise of the end of "the karate kid" and its aftermath. how he would make ralph, the entire team of cobra kai, and the rest of the cast and crew laugh, serving as a kind of comic/entertainer who loved to make everyone laugh between takes (there was so much time between takes!) and he had a captive audience. how he was able to shift effortlessly between guffawing about something ridiculously s****d and/or silly to the quiet, deliberate, heartfelt and, sometimes, serious intent of a scene; how he was able to make absolutely clear that mr. miyagi could deliver that death b**w to kreese's face in the parking lot, and then, squeeze his nose with that 'honk'! he took full command of that scene and i knew i was watching someone at the top of his game.
in shooting "kk2" in hawaii, i have the fond memory of pat taking me aside early on and saying, "tami-chan, all you gotta know what to do in this business is: know your lines, get in your light, and hit your mark." i had no idea what a mark was and i asked him. he laughed and stepped up to show me the little t-shaped piece of tape or bean bag that served to show the actor where to stand in order for the camera to see you and be in correct focus. he said, ‘make sure you hit your mark so that camera sees you or else all they're gonna see is my dumb face and then we're all going to be in trouble!’”
Soooo, i wrote a thing... because i love the man, i love the folks at @asianafshow and i love being asian af. and please read all the entries, there’s a whole month of them! read them at asianafshow.com/blog - #apahm#asianaf#respectyourelders