The Karate Kid Part II (1986) Original Artwork, British
Original concept artwork for the British poster.
Watercolour and gouache on artboard
Unframed: 19⅜x 15⅞in. (49.4 x 40.4 cm)
Framed: 26 x 22⅛in. (66 x 56 cm)
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Conservation framed with UV plexiglass
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This film was directed by John G. Avildsen. It is the second instalment in The Karate Kid franchise, and stars Ralph Macchio as Daniel LaRusso, who goes with his karate teacher Mr. Miyagi (Noriyuki 'Pat' Morita) to Okinawa to see his dying father, where they are confronted by a group of bullies with long-term grudges against Miyagi.
John Grundy, former Managing Director of Downton’s Advertising. Eric Pulford, a known illustrator, was encouraged by Rank Organisation, who owned more than five hundred cinemas, to set up his own design studio, which became Downton's. Eric Pulford hired a number of talented young college leavers, including Bryan Bysouth and Vic Fair. Pulford also persuaded a number of established Italian artists from Studio Favalli in Rome to come to London to join his team, which included Renato Fratini and Arnaldo Putzu. The process of designing a British poster would often start from the film script or rough cut of the film. A team of visualizers and copywriters produced a range of ideas which Pulford would review before presenting to his clients. When the rough design was approved by the clients, the artwork would need to be finalised. At the time no one anticipated that there would be an interest in the artworks and they were discarded. A number of artworks were saved by John Grundy from being thrown on a skip, and had remained at his home until recently. Brian Bysouth is responsible for designing some of the most iconic film posters over his forty year career, including The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1973), Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), A View to a Kill (1985) and The Living Daylights (1987).