The adventures of a Shaolin Monk as he wanders the American West armed only with his skill in Kung Fu.
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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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According to Bruce Lee's widow, Linda Lee Cadwell, Lee originated the concept and was intended to star in the series, but David Carradine was cast because the network felt the American audience was not ready for an Asian actor as the lead and Lee received no credit for his concept. (This was dramatized in Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story (1993).) But according to the producers, although Lee was consulted and was considered for the role, they created the concept and Carradine was always their first choice. See more »

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In the title sequence the view of young Caine is looped in the pebble scene, as the smoke behind him reverses twice. See more »

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Referenced in Daredevil: Nelson v. Murdock (2015) See more »

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AWESOME
18 June 2004 | by (Lansdowne, PA) – See all my reviews

Just finished watching disc 1. This show still holds up today. OK more modern technology would make the shots appear better but the story, acting, editing...all awesome. I loved this series it was a major influence in my life as a child. I can't wait to finish the rest of Season 1. The "Extras" on the disc are sort of lame. I guess if you never saw the show or aren't really a fan then they serve a purpose but I know all this stuff already. I'd love to have a version with running commentary from David Carradine underneath. Carradine has allegedly been requesting more interesting "extras" for the season 2 disc like a taped dinner party of some key participants and others speaking to how the series influenced their lives, like Tarintino and his Kill Bill films. I adore David Carradine as an actor I'd listen to him talk about just about anything.

So when is Season 2 released?


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