In his travels, Caine meets up with an old man who has several surprises for him. The first being the destruction of the Shaolin order, the second being that the man is the father of the Emperor's nephew whom he killed in China, and the third is that he seeks his revenge using the son Caine never knew he had sired as the instrument of his death. It will take all of Caine's skill and wisdom to find a solution to this deadly predicament. Written by
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Brandon Lee plays the illegitimate son of David Carradine's character. Brandon's real-life father, Bruce Lee, auditioned for the lead role in the original "Kung Fu" TV series in the 1970's but Carradine got the role instead. See more »
I've never actually seen the original Kung Fu series, but this made-for-TV movie follows the exploits of wandering Shaolin Monk Kwai Chang Caine. Seemingly following on straight from the series, Caine ( played by David Carradine.) is on the run from China and has ended up in 1800s America.
However, he is drawn out of his quiet existence when he is 1)targeted by assassins who are after the reward for his capture, 2) uncovers an illegal opium-smuggling trade and 3) is hunted by an evil 'Manchu' out for revenge, who has Caines unknown son (Brandon Lees debut role) under his powers and is using him to kill Caine. Quite a few problems there! Im a fan of martial arts films so lets be honest, this film didn't deliver. Brandon Lee was okay in the few fights he takes part in, but his lack of real martial arts training shows. As for David Carradine.... well, to quote Chuck Norris - " Carradine is to martial arts what i am to acting." Okay, he's getting old but he doesn't cut it as a supreme Shaolin warrior at all. He waves his hands around a lot and kicks people when they're lying down - and thats about it. That said though, he gives a good 'stony-faced' emotionless look when hes fighting which is pretty cool and reminds me of Jet Lee!
But away from the martial arts side of things, i liked this film. It had a good storyline, and was very well-written. I particularly liked all of Caines wise Chinese sayings, such as "a long life and a short life are the same - they are both fleeting moments in time." Even in the non-action moments i was never bored, as i genuinely wanted to know how the story ended.
Overall, watching this has made me wish that id seen the original Kung Fu series - there are flashbacks throughout, and it looks pretty good. Fans of the series will definitely love this faithful continuation of the story of the 'grasshopper'.
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