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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.

Director:

Richard Lang
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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 »

Also Known As:

Kung Fu - Der Film See more »

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Runtime:

(Cinemax)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Like the series that preceded it, "Kung Fu" (1972), this story is set 100 years in the past (1886). See more »

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Followed by Kung Fu: The Legend Continues (1993) See more »

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A classic in it's own right.
25 March 2005 | by carousalSee all my reviews

You know one of those movies that no one talks about... it's beyond indie. It's practically unknown... but you see it in the back of some video store, wipe the dust off of it, and it's one of the most well-made movies you've ever seen? That's the case here. This is a classic example of an American adaptation of kung-fu movies. Carradine is the main star, who already had a long run in kung fu movies. He's a great actor, and is one of the top caucasian martial artists of the time. He brings an aura to his character that is consistent with earlier films such as Return of the Dragon and Kung-Fu Vengeance. If you've watched this for Carradine, look at some of his earlier stuff. If you knew him before Kill Bill, then kudos to you.

Another reason you might watch this film is Brandon Lee. Who, if you may not know, is the son of Bruce Lee. This isn't his first appearance on the silver screen, but he tries not to let it show. Brandon is still pretty fresh in Hollywood, so his acting skills need a bit of development. (As seen in The Crow) Yet the aspiration used to live up to his father's standards of acting as well as martial arts punctuality makes him a perfect part for the antagonist.

This film is pretty well-made... nice cinematography, writing, directing... The director is Richard Lang, who retired in 1997. he was already into directing by the time of Kung-Fu, and was already rooted in film due to his mother being an actress in the 20's and 30's. Lang was also a director for Melrose Place and Beverly Hills: 90210. So maybe Kung-Fu was his acme... maybe Melrose Place. Whatever you like. Either way, it's a nice film.

Watch it if you're a kung-fu fan or in the least bit interested in martial arts.


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