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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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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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 the title sequence, when teenage Caine is stick-fighting with Master Po, an electrical transmission tower can be seen in the background. 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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Excellent Work from 1972-75
7 May 2012 | by spruance-1See all my reviews

I have not seen this series for well over 35 years. Remarkably, it has stood the harsh test of time.

While it cannot compare with university level studies of East Asian philosophy and religion, it deals with topics that have universal applicability, and it does so in an intelligent fashion.

Caine lives in a world of avarice, violence, and breath-taking stupidity. In spite of all this, he must persevere in his pursuit of familial connections and obligations, another eternal Eastern theme.

The dialog and psychological situations merit serious attention and certainly keep the viewer's interest.


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