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Kung Fu: The Movie (1986)

Kwai Chang Caine meets up with the father of the man he killed in China who seeks revenge using Caine's own illegitimate son.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Paul Rudd ... Reverend Lawrence Perkins
John Alderman ... Jailer
Michael Paul Chan ... Ching
Patience Cleveland ... Bridget
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In his travels, Caine meets up with an old man who has several surprises for him. The first being the destruction of the Shaolin order, the second being that the man is the father of the Emperor's nephew whom he killed in China, and the third is that he seeks his revenge using the son Caine never knew he had sired as the instrument of his death. It will take all of Caine's skill and wisdom to find a solution to this deadly predicament. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@home.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 February 1986 (USA) See more »

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Kung Fu: The Movie See more »

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(Cinemax)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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This was intended as a pilot for a sequel series to Kung Fu (1972) that was never picked up. A sequel series came about six years later as Kung Fu: The Legend Continues (1993), but it was not a direct follow-up to this movie. See more »

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Going through the motions.
21 April 2019 | by lost-in-limboSee all my reviews

You are on the right path young grasshopper, but still much to learn if you want to hear the grasshopper at your feet. David Carradine a decade later returns to the role of the fugitive Shaolin priest Kwai Chang Caine made famous in the mid 1970's American TV series "Kung Fu". Bringing the ways of ancient east to the old Wild West, his past transgressions comes back to put him a dangerous predicament. He becomes a prime suspect of a murder, which he believes a vindictive Chinese warlord (Mako) is behind. His now-grown up son he left behind years ago (Brandon Lee in his debut) is after his blood, as an assassin under the mysterious trance of this warlord.

This made-for-TV film tries to rekindle the spirit of the TV series (that I saw bits and pieces in reruns), but comes off being a sloppy, and at times dull extended episode. Western and Eastern cultures clash, where it's not only the bounty hunters Caine must confront on his inner quest, but also themes of racism and prejudice. The story is plot focus, a murder mystery with dilemma solving, set-ups, opium smuggling and a few moments of sudden, cheesy kung-fu. Although nothing to write home about. The fun comes from the philosophy laced dialogues of wisdom, footage of Keye Luje as Master Po the venerable blind teacher, window-dressing visual mystic tricks of mind over matter, Mako's flame throwing rifle(?!) and Carradine in slow-motion effortlessly throwing people through glass windows making it into an art-form. Lalo Schifrin's majestic score probably deserved better and Kerrie Kean, Benson Fong, Luke Askew and Martin Landau also appear.


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