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14 October 1972 (USA) See more »
The adventures of a Shaolin Monk as he wanders the American West armed only with his skill in Kung Fu. Full summary »
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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 5 wins & 9 nominations See more »
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 (Series Cast Summary - 4 of 111)

David Carradine ... Kwai Chang Caine / ... (63 episodes, 1972-1975)

Radames Pera ... Young Caine (47 episodes, 1972-1975)

Keye Luke ... Master Po (46 episodes, 1972-1975)
Philip Ahn ... Master Kan (39 episodes, 1972-1975)

Series Directed by
Richard Lang (16 episodes, 1973-1974)
Jerry Thorpe (8 episodes, 1972-1974)
Marc Daniels (5 episodes, 1974-1975)
Harry Harris (5 episodes, 1974-1975)
John Llewellyn Moxey (4 episodes, 1973-1974)
Robert Butler (4 episodes, 1973)
Walter Doniger (3 episodes, 1973)
Charles S. Dubin (3 episodes, 1973)
David Carradine (3 episodes, 1974)
Robert Totten (2 episodes, 1973)
Barry Crane (2 episodes, 1974-1975)
Robert Michael Lewis (2 episodes, 1974)
Gordon Hessler (2 episodes, 1975)
Series Writing credits
Ed Spielman (63 episodes, 1972-1975)
Herman Miller (62 episodes, 1972-1975)
John T. Dugan (7 episodes, 1973-1975)
William Kelley (6 episodes, 1973-1974)
Ed Waters (6 episodes, 1973-1974)
David Korn (5 episodes, 1974-1975)
Michael Michaelian (4 episodes, 1973-1974)
Katharyn Powers (4 episodes, 1973-1974)
A. Martin Zweiback (4 episodes, 1973)
Elinor Karpf (4 episodes, 1975)
Steven Karpf (4 episodes, 1975)
Robert Lewin (3 episodes, 1973-1974)
Robert Schlitt (2 episodes, 1973-1974)
Theodore Apstein (2 episodes, 1974-1975)
Gerald Sanford (2 episodes, 1974-1975)
Abe Polsky (2 episodes, 1974)
Norman Katkov (2 episodes, 1975)

Kittridge Buston (unknown episodes)

Series Produced by
Jerry Thorpe .... executive producer / producer (63 episodes, 1972-1975)
Alex Beaton .... producer / associate producer / ... (61 episodes, 1972-1975)
Herman Miller .... producer (31 episodes, 1974-1975)
John Furia .... producer (12 episodes, 1973-1974)
Series Original Music by
Jim Helms (63 episodes, 1972-1975)
Series Cinematography by
Richard L. Rawlings (35 episodes, 1972-1974)
Chuck Arnold (24 episodes, 1974-1975)
Fred J. Koenekamp (3 episodes, 1972-1973)
Series Film Editing by
Gary Griffin (22 episodes, 1973-1975)
Joseph Dervin (16 episodes, 1973-1975)
Albert P. Wilson (10 episodes, 1974-1975)
David Rawlins (5 episodes, 1973)
George Watters (4 episodes, 1973-1974)
Carroll Sax (2 episodes, 1972)
Bill Lewis (2 episodes, 1973)
Series Casting by
Tom Jennings (33 episodes, 1974-1975)
Edward R. Morse (8 episodes, 1973-1974)
Series Art Direction by
Eugène Lourié (63 episodes, 1972-1975)
Series Set Decoration by
John Lamphear (47 episodes, 1973-1975)
Antony Mondello (15 episodes, 1972-1973)
Series Makeup Department
Frank Westmore .... makeup artist (36 episodes, 1972-1974)
Mary Keats .... hair stylist (24 episodes, 1973-1974)
Michael Hancock .... makeup artist (24 episodes, 1974-1975)
Thomas R. Burman .... makeup artist (3 episodes, 1972-1973)
Virginia Darcy .... hair stylist (3 episodes, 1972-1973)
Mary Skolnik .... hair stylist (3 episodes, 1973)
Series Production Management
Robert M. Beche .... unit production manager (24 episodes, 1974-1975)
Austen Jewell .... unit production manager (23 episodes, 1973-1974)
Edward Haldeman .... unit production manager (15 episodes, 1972-1973)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jerry Ziesmer .... assistant director (19 episodes, 1973-1974)
Robert Doudell .... assistant director (14 episodes, 1974-1975)
Jerome M. Siegel .... assistant director (10 episodes, 1973-1974)
Ronald L. Schwary .... assistant director (6 episodes, 1973)
Robert Gilmore .... assistant director (6 episodes, 1974-1975)
Morris R. Abrams .... assistant director (3 episodes, 1972-1973)
Fred Gammon .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1974)

Lou Watt .... assistant director (unknown episodes)
Series Sound Department
William Randall .... sound (30 episodes, 1973-1974)
Jack C. May .... sound coordinator (24 episodes, 1974-1975)
Dean Salmon .... sound (18 episodes, 1974-1975)
Barry Thomas .... sound (5 episodes, 1974)
L. Ralph Zerbe .... sound (4 episodes, 1973)
Richard Raguse .... sound (3 episodes, 1972-1973)
Series Special Effects by
Joseph A. Unsinn .... special effects (59 episodes, 1973-1975)
Series Stunts
Greg Walker .... stunt liaison (47 episodes, 1973-1975)
Larry Holt .... stunts (4 episodes, 1974-1975)

Steven Burnett .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Gene LeBell .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Henry Salley .... wardrobe (57 episodes, 1973-1975)
Series Music Department
Jim Helms .... conductor (63 episodes, 1972-1975)
Steve Livingston .... music editor (32 episodes, 1973-1974)
Series Other crew
Lloyd Richards .... assistant: producers / assistant: producer / ... (58 episodes, 1973-1975)
Kam Yuen .... advisor: kung fu / technical advisor / ... (37 episodes, 1972-1975)
Ed Waters .... executive story consultant (31 episodes, 1973-1975)
David Chow .... technical advisor / advisor: kung fu (29 episodes, 1972-1974)
John Furia .... executive story consultant (12 episodes, 1973)
Norman Katkov .... executive story consultant (9 episodes, 1975)

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60 min (60 episodes) | Argentina:60 min
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The set for the Shaolin Temple was originally a set used for the Camelot (1967) that was inexpensively and effectively converted for the Chinese setting.See more »
Factual errors: 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 The Hammer (2007)See more »


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24 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
Beautiful, 21 March 2006
Author: Stoney from Channel Islands, UK

Martial arts movies are full of great action and well choreographed fights, from the days of Bruce Lee to the stunning visuals we have with todays wire work and cgi. But Kung Fu is not a martial arts movie/series.....

Kung Fu is about a shaolin monk; Kwai Chang Caine. He travels around the wild west, seeking to help others and avoiding bounty hunters. The amazing thing about kung fu is that the flashbacks show Caine's past, we see that he has been trained to use kung fu, but he is a monk and would not harm a fly if it wasn't necessary. Caine chooses not to fight but when he has no other choice he proves that he can take anyone. The character is really brought to life by David Carradine, it would have been great to use Bruce Lee (Another of my idols) but I don't think the energetic Bruce would have been able to pull of the calmness of Caine.

I was expecting to see a martial arts series in the wild west but kung fu is its own genre. The teachings of Masters Po and Khan are wonderful and make you think about life. Apparently after seeing the series people seeked more information because they wanted to raise their children under the same morals.

It doesn't matter if you don't like martial arts or westerns, you need to see this. It has changed my life and the way I think about life.

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