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Kung Fu

Kung Fu Dates : 1972 - 1975
66 episodes of 52 min
First broadcasting : 13 Avril 1974
Creator(s) : Ed Spielman
Producer(s) : Alex Beaton et Herman Miller
Music : Jim Helms
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This series recounts the adventures of Kwai Chang Caine, a Shaolin monk on the run after killing the nephew of the Emperor of China who himself killed the master of the hero.

He took refuge in the United States to escape the reprisals of the Chinese and went in search of his brother, installed in the country. He travels alone and on foot in the American West, working occasionally to survive. Its atypical look and the fact that its head was put at prices often make it the victim of desperados and thugs. Against them, it has only one weapon: its empowerment in martial arts.

Kung Fu has the distinction of having a hero with characteristics which have very few other television series heroes. Indeed, the teaching he benefited from becoming a Shaolin priest allowed him to integrate principles of life rarely embodied on the screen.

Although the primary attitude that guides its conduct was designed long before the invention of the modern term, non-violence best describes what makes the character of Caine unique. Even though his physical training has transformed his body into a real living weapon, thanks to martial arts, the hero is reluctant to use any form of violence, even if he was directed against him.

This aspect of the character was taken up in the third of the four Highlanders films as well as in a dozen episodes, also taking place in the Far East, from the associated television series.

Always in the spirit of respect for the life that animates the character, he practices vegetarianism and seeks to educate and convince when he meets people who think and act differently from him. At no time will he think of forcing or punishing them.

In this, it represents a unique element of television culture, which has deeply influenced many spectators around the world.

Kung Fu is an American television series broadcast between 1972 and 1975. It features David Carradine in the role of Kwai Chang Caine, a Shaolin warrior monk in the West American of the 19th century. Caine was raised by the Shaolin monks and learned martial arts and Buddhist philosophy, but he was forced to leave the abbey after having killed a man in a state of self -defense.

In his quest for justice and peace, Caine travels through the West, meeting many characters and facing obstacles while making use of his unique martial skills. The series was largely influenced by Kung Fu Chinese films from the 1960s and has helped popularize martial arts and Buddhist philosophy in the West.

The character of Caine is calm and peaceful, but he does not hesitate to use his strength to defend the weak and fight against injustice. He is often accompanied by different characters throughout the series, such as Marshal William Carlton (Keith Carradine), who becomes a close friend, and the Indian ChƩn Zhen (Philip Ahn), another master of martial arts.

Kung Fu was a great success at the time of its broadcasting and was broadcast in many countries. She was praised for her innovative representation of Asian characters and for her message of peace and tolerance. The series was also nominated for several prices, including an Emmy and a Golden Globe.

The Actors

David Carradine - Kwai Chang Caine

David Carradine

(Kwai Chang Caine)

Philip Ahn - MaƮtre Kan

Philip Ahn

(MaƮtre Kan)

Leslie Nielsen - Vincent Corbino

Leslie Nielsen

(Vincent Corbino)

Keye Luke - Master Po

Keye Luke

(Master Po)


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A series "Kung-fu, the legend continues" was shot in 1992 where we find another Kwai Chang Caine (still played by David Carradine), grandson of the original Caine, and his son, Peter Caine (played by Chris Potter), which he finally ended up finding, after thinking that he died in an attack on the Shaolin temple where he was a priest. Peter, who is a cop, will be helped in his investigations by his father with powers that can be described as supernatural and who make the series tasting martial arts in science fiction style.

The series was first created for Bruce Lee who finished the cult series "The Green hornet" in his Kato role but considered too "typed" the major preferred David Carradine who knew nothing about martial arts.


Filming locations:

Vasquez Rocks Natural Area Park - 10700 W. Escondido Canyon Rd., Agua Dulce, California, USA

Warner Bros. Studios, Burbank Studios, Burbank, California, USA

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  • Creation date: 2003/07/01 by abdest
  • Last Update: 2007/05/01 by drew

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