The adventures of a Shaolin Monk as he wanders the American West armed only with his skill in Kung Fu.
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1975   1974   1973   1972  
Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 5 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »
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 Kwai Chang Caine / ... (63 episodes, 1972-1975)
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 Young Caine (48 episodes, 1972-1975)
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 Master Po (48 episodes, 1972-1975)
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 Master Kan (40 episodes, 1972-1975)
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Kwai Chang Caine is a Shaolin Monk who is on the run after he killed the Chinese Emperor's nephew after that coward killed his teacher in cold blood with a gun. He flees to America both to escape retaliation and to search for his brother in order to settle down in this new land. However, in his travels in the wild west, he can not help but continually run into trouble from desperados and other ruffians as they oppress the innocent, while bounty hunters pursue the price on his head. Against this, he has his skill of Kung-fu martial arts which proves to be devastatingly effective in this gun-dominated land. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@home.com>

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22 February 1972 (USA)  »

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Кунг-фу  »

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The only reason this show went off the air was because star David Carradine quit the series. He had sustained so many injuries, he felt he could not go on. The show got high ratings all three seasons it aired. See more »

Goofs

In opening sequence (during pole fighting/training) a view of the surrounding hills shows a 50kV electrical tower (something that was not in China in that era). See more »

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Referenced in Californication: No Way to Treat a Lady (2008) See more »

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One of the best TV shows ever...
16 January 2002 | by (az) – See all my reviews

I saw this series exactly 20 years after it was released, but its excellence made the viewing experience timeless.

Carradine plays the immigrant drifter Caine, who walks through the Wild West encountering different situations, people, etc, there was a different plot for each episode. This was more a "Drama" than a "Western" but the interesting sparring moves and Caine's relaxed personality made it a decent alternative to the more violent and rowdy martial arts movies that released around that time.

Whenever this series is brought back to your TV station or one episode happens to be on, it would be an excellent show to tape and watch again and again - if not already released, I'm sure they'll have the show reissued on an official DVD/VHS set.


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