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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Did You Know?


Keith Carradine appears unbilled as the Middle Caine, a role he would reprise only once, also unbilled, in the episode Kung Fu: Chains (1973) during the first season. All other entries in which he can be seen utilize archive footage shot for this feature. See more »


Master Po: What do you hear?
Caine: I hear the grasshopper.
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Spoofed in Beverly Hills Ninja (1997) See more »

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Kung Fu
15 September 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I watched the Kung Fu series regularly when it first aired and then I watched it again when I was much older and appreciated the philosophical statements, comments and guidance offered to the young Kwai Chang Caine from his Shao Lin masters. It led me to read the Tao De Ching for myself and my life was changed because of it. It is rare when a TV show changes someone's life. One of the quotes I have remembered almost verbatim for over thirty years is the following. Kwai Chang Caine asks Master Po, "Is it good to seek the past, Master Po? Does it not rob the present?" to which Master Po answers, "If a man dwells on the past, then he robs the present. But if a man ignores the past, he may rob the future. The seeds of our destiny are nurtured by the roots of our past." Is that quote just made up by the writers or is that a direct quote from the Tao De Ching by Lao Tse? Perhaps it was a quote from Confucius. Whatever the source of the quote, whether it is really from a Chinese philosophical origin or just a very creative Teleplay writer, could you let me know. I would be very interested to know where I could find the quote.

I read about Bruce Lee being cut out of the project that he proposed originally and for which he would have been perfect, though I understand the bigotry and market research that colored TV of the 1970s.


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