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1 February 1986 (USA) See more »
Kwai Chang Caine meets up with the father of the man he killed in China who seeks revenge using Caine's own illegitimate son. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

David Carradine ... Kwai Chang Caine

Kerrie Keane ... Mrs. Sarah Perkins

Mako ... The Manchu

William Lucking ... Deputy Wyatt

Luke Askew ... Sheriff Mills

Keye Luke ... Master Po

Benson Fong ... The Old One

Brandon Lee ... Chung Wang

Martin Landau ... John Martin Perkins III

Ellen Geer ... Old Wife

Robert Harper ... Prosecutor
Paul Rudd ... Reverend Lawrence Perkins

John Alderman ... Jailer

Michael Paul Chan ... Ching

Patience Cleveland ... Bridget
Roland Harrah III ... Liu - Old One's grandson

Jim Haynie ... Federal Marshal

Roy Jenson ... Warehouse Foreman
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Calista Carradine ... Townswoman

Dawna Lee Heising ... Mei Ling
Philip Ahn ... Master Kan (archive footage) (uncredited)
Tad Horino ... Ching's Servant (uncredited)
John Leoning ... Master Teh (archive footage) (uncredited)

Richard Loo ... Master Sun (archive footage) (uncredited)
Keith Mills ... Jury Foreman (uncredited)

Mike Muscat ... Robber (uncredited)

Radames Pera ... Young Caine (archive footage) (uncredited)
Adele Yoshioka ... Po Li (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Richard Lang 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Durrell Royce Crays 

Produced by
David Carradine .... co-producer
Paul R. Picard .... executive producer
Skip Schoolnik .... associate producer
Skip Ward .... producer
Original Music by
Lalo Schifrin 
Cinematography by
Robert Seaman 
Film Editing by
Skip Schoolnik 
Production Management
Ronald R. Grow .... unit production manager (as Ron Grow)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mark Lyon .... second assistant director
G. Warren Smith .... first assistant director
Special Effects by
Larry L. Fuentes .... special effects (1986)
Rob Moses .... fight choreographer
Michael M. Vendrell .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Jeff Greene .... first assistant camera
William Mayer .... dolly grip
Julius Metoyer .... gaffer
John C. Moulds .... first assistant camera
Lee Nakahara .... camera operator
Randall Robinson .... camera operator
Joe Staton .... second assistant camera (as Joseph Staton)
Jeffrey Ray Strong .... best boy electric
Bob West .... key grip
Music Department
Tom Boyd .... oboe soloist
Other crew
Maggie Hepburn .... assistant to producers

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Germany:89 min | USA:93 min (Cinemax)
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Did You Know?

Actors returning from the KUNG FU series were David Carradine, Keye Luke, Mako, Benson Fong, Roy Jenson, and Tad Horino. Only Carradine, as Kwai Chang Caine, and Luke, as the blind Master Po, repeated in their familiar characterizations.See more »
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9 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
A classic in it's own right., 25 March 2005
Author: carousal from United States

You know one of those movies that no one talks about... it's beyond indie. It's practically unknown... but you see it in the back of some video store, wipe the dust off of it, and it's one of the most well-made movies you've ever seen? That's the case here. This is a classic example of an American adaptation of kung-fu movies. Carradine is the main star, who already had a long run in kung fu movies. He's a great actor, and is one of the top caucasian martial artists of the time. He brings an aura to his character that is consistent with earlier films such as Return of the Dragon and Kung-Fu Vengeance. If you've watched this for Carradine, look at some of his earlier stuff. If you knew him before Kill Bill, then kudos to you.

Another reason you might watch this film is Brandon Lee. Who, if you may not know, is the son of Bruce Lee. This isn't his first appearance on the silver screen, but he tries not to let it show. Brandon is still pretty fresh in Hollywood, so his acting skills need a bit of development. (As seen in The Crow) Yet the aspiration used to live up to his father's standards of acting as well as martial arts punctuality makes him a perfect part for the antagonist.

This film is pretty well-made... nice cinematography, writing, directing... The director is Richard Lang, who retired in 1997. he was already into directing by the time of Kung-Fu, and was already rooted in film due to his mother being an actress in the 20's and 30's. Lang was also a director for Melrose Place and Beverly Hills: 90210. So maybe Kung-Fu was his acme... maybe Melrose Place. Whatever you like. Either way, it's a nice film.

Watch it if you're a kung-fu fan or in the least bit interested in martial arts.

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