Kung Fu (1972)





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In this TV pilot film, Chinese/American priest Caine flees to the American West of the 1860s after he is forced to kill a royal nephew. In the pilot, Caine comes to the rescue of a group of Chinese coolies who are working on the railroad.
Action & Adventure , Television , Western
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Warner Bros. Television


Keye Luke
as Master Po
Benson Fong
as Han Fei
Season Hubley
as Margit
Richard Loo
as Master Sun
Philip Ahn
as Master Kan
Robert Ito
as Fong
Radames Pera
as Caine as a youth
James Hong
as Hsiang
Roy Jenson
as Fuller
David Chow
as Little Monk
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This is the pilot film (the film that sells the story to televeision for a series). David Carradine stars as a Chinese-American priest trained in discipline, humility, perception and the art of karate-judo. Hunted for the murder of Chinese royalty, the priest finds work with a railroad crew and he humbles the white villain bosses with his superior ways. Flashbacks of the priest's boyhood training allow the film to avoid using the usual western stuff. Carradine is very good in the lead and gets fine support from Barry Sullivan and Albert Salmi as the bad guys. Grasshopper(his childhood nickname), now you know the rest of the story. Director: Jerry Thorpe Writers: Ed Spielman (teleplay), Howard Friedlander (teleplay Stars:David Carradine, Barry Sullivan and Albert Salmi

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monsieur rick

David Carradine plays an Asian man who is not really Asian. He travels the country, helping people when he can. This pissies off Bad Guys, who then say "I am gonna fight you." to which he calmly replies "I do not wish to fight you." which provokes the Bad Guys into attacking him, resulting in Carradine having to KICK THEIR ASSES.

Mayer Turkin
Mayer Turkin

It really makes me want to see the rest of the series, but as a movie in itself it just doesn't hold up. Especially with the ending, which did, however make me feel that there was alot of cool shit ahead...hence the fact I feel the show would be better.

Patrick Dolan
Patrick Dolan

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