Kung Fu: Season 1, Episode 0

Pilot (22 Feb. 1972)

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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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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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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 »

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Master Kan: Quickly as you can, snatch the pebble from my hand.
[Young Caine tries to do so and fails]
Master Kan: When you can take the pebble from my hand, it will be time for you to leave.
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The best tv movie ever!
10 October 2003 | by (Powell OH USA) – See all my reviews

Everything seems to click right for this eastern western philosophical movie. The sound track is a bonus and the directorship is outstanding. The movie also introduced me to Taoism and I practice this metaphysical philosophy on a daily basis. I remember seeing the movie for the first time and I taped it and watched it over and over again until I had most of the lines by heart. David Carradine's role as Caine is moody and full of enlightenment. Every actor performs outstandingly well. Well worth the price to own or rent. -Paul


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