The Next Karate Kid is a 1994 American martial arts drama film starring Pat Morita and Hilary Swank. It is the fourth and final film in the original The Karate Kid series. It was directed by Christopher Cain, written by Mark Lee with music by Bill Conti. This is the only film in the original series that does not feature Ralph Macchio in the lead role and that was not directed by John G. Avildsen. Mr. Miyagi leaves Los Angeles and travels to the city of Boston to attend a commendation for Japanese-American soldiers who had fought in the 442nd Regimental Combat Team during World War II. There, he meets Louisa Pierce, the elderly widow of his team commanding officer, Lieutenant Jack Pierce. At Pierce's home, they catch up on old times and talk about the war stories. Miyagi is then introduced to Pierce's granddaughter, Julie, an angry teenage girl who is full of pain, sorrow, and resentment because of the death of her parents in a car accident. Her anger and violent behavior have led to friction between her grandmother and fellow students.