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In the 1986 martial arts film The Karate Kid Part II, Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) travels to Okinawa, Japan, with his sensei Mr. Miyagi (Pat Morita). During his trip, he meets a young dancer named Kumiko (Tamlyn Tomita).

The teenagers soon develop feelings for each other and make plans for Kumiko to visit Daniel in America. Unfortunately, she joins a dance company in Tokyo before she could go on the trip, and their relationship comes to an abrupt end. 

The former couple reunites over thirty years later during the third season of Cobra Kai. Daniel, who was on a business trip in Japan, sees Kumiko perform with her dance students at the Tomi Village shopping center. They catch up over lunch, and Daniel reveals he feels lost without his late sensei’s guidance. Kumiko then invites him to her house and reads him letters written by Miyagi. The following day, she has him meet with his former rival Chozen (Yuji Okumoto), who makes amends with him. 

Tamlyn Tomita Spoke About Reprising the Role in a January Interview

Getty Tamlyn Tomita is all smiles while speaking at the PBS segment of the 2020 Winter TCA Press Tour.

In a January interview with the Los Angeles Times, Tamlyn Tomita discussed revisiting the role of Kumiko. During the interview, the actress, who is of Japanese and Filipino descent, revealed that she was disappointed with how Japanese culture was presented in the Karate Kid Part II. To better represent Okinawa on Cobra Kai, she decided to “translate things from Japanese to hōgen, Uchinanchu, which is the Okinawan dialect” in the scripts. Tomita also brought “three pieces of luggage with Okinawan artifacts and art” to be used on the show. 

While Tomita stated that she was overall pleased with her character on Cobra Kai, she did have one issue. She noted that she would have liked Kumiko’s storyline to have been further developed but understood that she needed to play a specific role in Daniel’s life. She told the publication: 

I think there were a lot of things unsaid, because I don’t think [Cobra Kai’s creator’s Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz, and Hayden Schlossberg], as young as they are, know how to speak as a woman and they didn’t consult me. Are there things that I would have liked to have said as Kumiko? I think so. But again, I knew as Tamlyn that I had to serve the story. I was just happy to be in service of that but also to serve the giving of the letters to Daniel-san. That’s what was important. 

The Actress Revealed She Would Like To Be in More Seasons of ‘Cobra Kai’

Getty Tamlyn Tomita strikes a pose for the 25th Anniversary of “The Joy Luck Club” event held at The Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

In a February interview with film critic Steve Varley, the Joy Luck Club star expressed interest in playing Kumiko again. She noted that she is in contact with Cobra Kai’s creators and texts them about certain aspects of the show. 

“I’m able to write and text and go ‘oh my gosh that was a great scene.’ That’s the gift for me to be able to be able to have that door open, so whatever they have in their minds absolutely,” said Tomita.

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Passengers sue United Airlines after engine catches fire after takeoff: report

Two passengers are suing a major airline for an experience one of their lawyers referred to as "terror" that "lasts a lifetime."

Earlier this year, a United Airlines flight suffered from engine failure after taking off from Denver. While the plane landed safely, the engine was apparently damaged badly enough that it reportedly dropped debris over northern Colorado.

At the time of the incident in late February, Fox News reported that one of the plane's engines caught fire shortly after takeoff. (iStock)

Separate lawsuits were filed by Joseph McGinley and Jonathan Strawn over the incident, Yahoo News reports. Both men were reportedly passengers on the flight and say that they have suffered personal, emotional and financial injuries as a result of their experiences.


Both lawsuits are reportedly asking for a judgment above $50,000.

At the time of the incident in late February, Fox News reported that one of the plane's engines caught fire shortly after takeoff. Passengers on the plane reported hearing an explosion and seeing a flash of light and the engine reportedly dropped debris in Commons Park and across several neighborhoods in Broomfield, Colorado.


The plane had only just taken off from Denver International Airport and was forced to make an emergency landing at the same airport. It was originally headed to Hawaii.

No injuries were reported at the time.

In an announcement of one of the lawsuits, Chicago attorney Robert A. Clifford said, "Imagine as a passenger looking out the window of a plane and helplessly watching the engine on fire. The terror you experience lasts a lifetime."


United Airlines declined to comment when asked for a comment.

According to Yahoo News, an investigation into the incident supports a theory that a fan blade snapped inside the engine due to wear and tear.

Fox News' Paul Best contributed to this report.

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