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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Dillon
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Raif
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McKay
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Han Fei
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Master Sun
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Chuen
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Fong
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Hsiang
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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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Trivia

Fifteen different actors from the original pilot would go on to appear in the subsequent series. See more »

Goofs

In a scene where Chinese laborers are pounding railroad spikes, a worker misses hitting his spike. See more »

Quotes

Master Po: [after easily defeating the boy in combat] Ha, ha, never assume because a man has no eyes he cannot see. Close your eyes. What do you hear?
Young Caine: I hear the water, I hear the birds.
Master Po: Do you hear your own heartbeat?
Young Caine: No.
Master Po: Do you hear the grasshopper that is at your feet?
Young Caine: [looking down and seeing the insect] Old man, how is it that you hear these things?
Master Po: Young man, how is it that you do not?
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Connections

Followed by Kung Fu: The Legend Continues (1993) See more »

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This movie is a classic

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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