Kung Fu: Season 1, Episode 4

An Eye for an Eye (25 Jan. 1973)

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A woman (Annie) who was a victim of rape is with child. Kwai Chang Caine meets them as her father falls ill. The father asks Kwai Chang Caine to accompany the woman on her trip to an army ... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
Sgt. Straight
Tim McIntire ...
Samuel Buchanan
Harry Townes ...
Amos Buchanan
Lane Bradbury ...
Annie Buchanan
Philip Ahn ...
Clay Tanner ...
Judson Pratt ...
Ross Elliott ...
Capt. Burns
Dr. Gormley
Sgt. Bridger (as Robert Wilke)
John War Eagle ...
Indian (as Chief John War Eagle)


A woman (Annie) who was a victim of rape is with child. Kwai Chang Caine meets them as her father falls ill. The father asks Kwai Chang Caine to accompany the woman on her trip to an army fort. While there, she confronts the father of her child who denies the charge. Without corroborating evidence, the base commander turns them away. They return to her sick father Kwai Chang Caine has a memory of finding an abandoned infant when he was a child. His master tells him that all life is sacred, even if unwanted or difficult to feed. Annie's brother (a former confederate officer) arrives and also confronts the union soldier. He demands justice and arranges a duel at dawn, with revolvers loaded with two shots at eight paces. The union soldier turns and shoots before the full count, hitting Annie's brother in the back. He aims at Annie with his second shot and misses. While he is re-loading, Annie's brother recovers enough to roll part way over, shoot and kill the rapist. Her father offers ... Written by OtrDon

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It was the winner of 2 Emmy Awards - Best Director (Jerry Thorpe) and Best Cinematography (Jack Woolf). See more »


When the Indians appear on the ridge, they are standing in a row. The one at the right side can then be seen walking towards the left and bending over to put his spear down. When the camera comes back to looking at the ridge a few seconds later, he has returned to his original position. See more »


Kwai Chang Caine: I know war. It is a word men use to clothe the nakedness of their killing.
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Anti-revenge too revolutionary a concept for most.
5 November 2009 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

I will not go into the details of this episode as the synopsis gives a fairly detailed description of the plot. What it does not do however is provide any insight into the philosophical questions raised in this episode which have relevance to the United States psyche perhaps even more strongly today.

In this episode Caine is placed in an interesting position, a monk trained to respect all life he encounters a woman Annie who as she has been raped and does not want the child, Whilst his position may seem callous or unfeeling to some, he counsels Annie to release her anger, recognising the destructive energy of this emotion.

As with all such destructive emotions, the desire for revenge leads to death, that of her brother and the baby, born prematurely as a result of Annies rage at Caines refusal to collude with her in revenge. This it should be added is also strongly driven by her father whose hatred runs to that of all 'Yankees' for the destruction of his farm (no doubt worked by slaves).

Whilst Annie on the death of her baby sees the futility and destruction of her emotions the father cannot. This then is the hard medicine for the psyche. Whilst the feminine is able to forgive and let go the masculine falls into decrepitude when faced with the impotence of its inability to exact revenge.

It see,s a shame that we cannot learn from these lessons as even after Ghandi and Mandela the path of non-violence is seen by others as weak.

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