Back in May of 2018, The classic Karate Kid franchise got a new life with Cobra Kai. What started on the YouTube Red platform, then hit the upgrade button and has become even more of a sensation over at Netflix. The series has found a great balance with fun nostalgia and interesting new characters. This has allowed several generations of fans to come together and enjoy the series.
One of the most important parts of Cobra Kai is its antagonist. Which in the first season may come in the form of miss-communication. But by the end of the second season, a familiar face has returned. One that no one was excited to see, John Kreese, played by Martin Kove. During the next two seasons, he has snaked his way back into a position of power within the dojos.
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The advantage of seeing Kresse back in the television series is that it allows them to explore the character. Was he always so ruthless? If not, what happened in his life that justified his change? This is something that is finally explored in season three of Cobra Kai. We get a look at some of Kreese’s traumatizing experiences in Vietnam.
LRM Online had the opportunity to talk with actor Han Soto. In Cobra Kai he plays the role of Pham Minh Thao, the solider that kept Kreese prisoner during the time of war. He also may have had something to do with inadvertently ended up giving Kreese his future dojo name. During our conversation, we talk about his role in the series. As well as his feelings in now being part of the Karate Kid mythology. You can check it out below!
Seasons 1-3 of Netflix‘s Cobra Kai can be seen on their streaming platform.