Yuji Okumoto and Ralph Macchio share a scene in season 3 of Cobra Kai.
As fans of the Karate Kid franchise know, Yuji Okumoto is back in place of Chozen Toguchi in season 3 of Cobra Kai. The character is the antagonist of Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) in The Karate Kid Part II.
During Daniel’s trip to Okinawa, Japan, the men were reunited thanks to Kumiko, played by Tamlin Tomita. In the beginning they are a bit aggressive towards each other, but eventually they respect each other.
For many fans, Chozen’s appearance in Cobra Kai was a pleasant surprise. Some members of the Fandom Karate Kid even hope to see him in upcoming seasons.
Yuji Okumoto recently commented on the return of Chozen in the upcoming seasons of
According to Okumoto, Chozen’s return would be within the realm of possibility.
In February, the actor gave a talk on Cobra Kai at Seattle Fine Editions. He indicated that he would be interested in playing the character in the fourth season of the series.
I would love to be part of the Cobra Kai world again – it was so much fun, said the 61-year-old.
During the interview, Okumoto also revealed that he could help create his character in the famous series. He revealed that after reading the script, he was not happy with the way Chozen was written. He said at the time of publication:
They sent me the script, I read it and I thought: Oh, you know, I’d like to see some changes in the Chozen character. The idea of fast forwarding to the present and revisiting the same character from thirty years ago to today in a series like Cobra Kai…. I kind of made a list of things and emailed it back to the authors, who were very nice and accommodating. They wanted to make sure they paid tribute to Chozen.
Okumoto had previously indicated that he wanted to continue playing Chozen.
Okumoto also stated that he wants Chozen to continue playing in December 2020 in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. He claimed he could portray the figure in an instant.
In the interview, he also revealed that he was asked if he wanted to return to the Karate Kid franchise before joining the Cobra Kai cast.
Even before I was asked to be on the show, my family, friends and people on social media were constantly asking me when I would be on the show. What can I say? I said: I have no idea. I didn’t do it. I mean, if you want to go out there and post things and put pressure on the producers and creators of the show, go ahead, the actor said.
He further said that after the release of the Cobra Kai Season 3 trailer, he was inundated with questions that he couldn’t answer because he didn’t want to ruin the season.
I had to be very careful what I said. I wasn’t going to lie outright. It was very subtle. I had to be very creative. I just want to say to everyone, I’m sorry, I wish I could say something, but I couldn’t unpack. That was hard! Okumoto called back.
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frequently asked questions
What happened to Chozen in Karate Kid 2?
To hear Chozen’s story, he committed suicide after making a fool of himself at the end of Karate Kid Part 2. But his uncle Sato saved him and gave him a chance to make amends.
Choosing Cobra Chi?
Chozen Toguchi is the main antagonist in the second part of The Karate Kid, and then a side character in season 3 of Cobra Kai. He was one of the best students of Sato Dojo and became the Miyagi-Do Karate Sensei in Okinawa.
Chozen in Karate Kid 2?
Chozen Toguchi – Wikipedia
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