Kung Fu (1972–1975)
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After avenging the death of his teacher, a Shaolin monk flees China to the American West and helps people while being pursued by bounty hunters.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Wayne Maunder ...
Philip Ahn ...
John Leoning ...
Master Teh
David Chow ...


From the tiger, he learns tenacity and power. From the white crane, gracefulness. And the dragon teaches him to ride the wind. It could take a lifetime to master just one of the many Kung Fu disciplines. But young Kwai Chang Caine knows them all. He was educated in a Shaolin monastery around 1800 by the monks. Against all forms of violence he face his ultimate challenge when his preferred master was killed by the hands of the imperial forces. After avenging the death of his teacher, as a Shaolin monk, he flees China to the American West and helps people defending the weak and fighting against the evil while being pursued by Chinese bounty hunters. Written by Anonymous

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22 February 1972 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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According to Bruce Lee's wife Linda Lee Cadwell, the concept of the series was conceived by Bruce, and he met with the producers for countless hours to shape the show. However, the producers did not offer him the role since they did not feel that the American audience (at that time) would accept a Chinese actor as a lead, and eventually went with the Caucasion actor David Carradine. See more »


Caine: I seek not to know the answers, but to understand the questions.
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Referenced in From Grasshopper to Caine: The Making of 'Kung Fu' (2003) See more »

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This movie is a classic
2 March 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I liked the way this movie had flashbacks of the main character's life as he was growing up and learning the things in the temple. It was amazing how he could walk in the rice paper. His fighting skills were amazing on how he helped those other Chinese people when those railroad people were being hard on them. This movie is what I have heard is the pilot to the Kung Fu TV series. I have never seen someone fight like that before. This is one movie I think many people should watch. I really liked how he outsmarted the railroad men who were forcing the Chinese to dig the tunnels in those hills that had pockets of natural gas. I like how he also had to fight that bounty hunter that came after him. This is one movie I think was a great pilot for a TV series. I think since the TV series is on DVD this movie should be put on DVD for a new generation to enjoy.

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