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
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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 »
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 »
While the show had some clever action and martial arts scenes, it was the integration of western and eastern culture that made Kung Fu such a good show. The pilot was especially brilliant, the cinematography, action and David Carridine's amazing acting and dialogue made it worthy of being a full length cinema feature. Caine actually appeared to be more of an honest biblical wanderer than a half chinese-half american mystic. The series was excellent too, but a bit repetitive. My favorite episodes were The Sign of the Dragon, The Way of the Tiger (the pilot) King of the Mountain (especially the final combat scene) The Well (one of the few hour long dramas to authentically depict the plight of blacks in frontier america), and The Squaw Man. Watch for many of your favorite tv and movie actors (including Harrison Ford, Jodie Foster, Don Johnson, and William Shatner) in their early careers and note the fine music (especially in the opening and closing credits).
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