The adventures of a Shaolin Monk as he wanders the American West armed only with his skill in Kung Fu.
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Series cast summary:
David Carradine ...  Kwai Chang Caine / ... 63 episodes, 1972-1975
Radames Pera ...  Young Caine 48 episodes, 1972-1975
Keye Luke ...  Master Po 48 episodes, 1972-1975
Philip Ahn ...  Master Kan 40 episodes, 1972-1975
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Kwai Chang Caine is a Shaolin Monk who is on the run after he killed the Chinese Emperor's nephew after that coward killed his teacher in cold blood with a gun. He flees to America to escape retaliation, and to search for his brother in order to settle down in this new land. However, in his travels in the wild west, he can not help but continually run into trouble from desperados and other ruffians as they oppress the innocent, while bounty hunters pursue the price on his head. Against this, he has his skill of Kung Fu martial arts, which proves to be devastatingly effective in this gun-dominated land. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@home.com>

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22 February 1972 (USA) See more »

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Кунг-фу See more »

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(60 episodes)

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Mono

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4:3
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Trivia

According to Bruce Lee's widow, Linda Lee Cadwell, Lee originated the concept, and was intended to star in the series, but David Carradine was cast because the network felt the American audience was not ready for an Asian actor as the lead, and Lee received no credit for his concept (this was dramatized in Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story (1993)). However, according to the producers, although Lee was consulted and was considered for the role, they created the concept and Carradine was always their first choice. See more »

Goofs

In opening sequence (during pole fighting/training) a view of the surrounding hills shows a 50kV electrical tower (something that was not in China in that era). See more »

Alternate Versions

For the DVD release of some seasons the aspect ratio was changed from 1.33:1 (4:3) to 1.78:1 (16:9). See more »

Connections

Referenced in Blood and Steel: Making 'Enter the Dragon' (2004) See more »

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6 November 1999 | by genius-15See all my reviews

While the show had some clever action and martial arts scenes, it was the integration of western and eastern culture that made Kung Fu such a good show. The pilot was especially brilliant, the cinematography, action and David Carridine's amazing acting and dialogue made it worthy of being a full length cinema feature. Caine actually appeared to be more of an honest biblical wanderer than a half chinese-half american mystic. The series was excellent too, but a bit repetitive. My favorite episodes were The Sign of the Dragon, The Way of the Tiger (the pilot) King of the Mountain (especially the final combat scene) The Well (one of the few hour long dramas to authentically depict the plight of blacks in frontier america), and The Squaw Man. Watch for many of your favorite tv and movie actors (including Harrison Ford, Jodie Foster, Don Johnson, and William Shatner) in their early careers and note the fine music (especially in the opening and closing credits).


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