The adventures of a Shaolin Monk as he wanders the American West armed only with his skill in Kung Fu.
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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 5 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

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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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English

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22 February 1972 (USA) See more »

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Кунг-фу See more »

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Warner Bros. Television See more »
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(60 episodes)

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Mono

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Color

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4:3
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The only reason this show went off the air was because David Carradine quit the series. He had sustained so many injuries, he felt he could not go on. The show got high ratings for all three seasons that it aired. 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 »

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Followed by Kung Fu: The Movie (1986) See more »

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Why can't we get TV like this now?
16 August 1999 | by GlaschuSee all my reviews

What an inspirational show. Kwai Chang Kaine was certainly one of few role models I remember from TV in my younger years, and although I haven't seen it since it first played, like others I remember the stories and message (as well as the haunting theme music) from so many of the episodes. Kaine was rejected by many and accepted by only few or even one in each town he visited on his journey, but he always made a difference in the lives of those he met. It's true TV was just as much a wasteland in the '70s as it is in the '90s, but I wish we could see something as good as this again. Either that or a re-release of this one.


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