The series follows the adventures of Kwai Chang Caine, a Shaolin monk who travels through the American Old West, armed only with his spiritual training and his skill in martial arts, as he seeks Danny Caine, his half-brother. There is an insightful but not unduly detailed section which deals with the creation and inspiration behind the series, follwoed by a brief synopsis of each episode with notes about any peculiarities or noteworthy features. There are many b/w photos to enjoy. Please try again. Awesome - as I believe you say in the U.S.. Each episode is outlined in good detail, and reveals behind the scenes ideas and intentions of the writer(s). Barring the exit was a hot iron cauldron with the figures of a dragon on one side and a tiger on the other. Something went wrong. One of his first instructors was the blind master named Po (Keye Luke). Context. Also see our Resources on "Kung Fu: The Legend Continues". Or if you would like to learn about it and then watch the show. This clip is taken from the episode called The Gunman from Series 2. Caine was given the nickname "Grasshopper" by Master Po; the reference was from an exchange where the still ignorant young Caine asked the old blind master how he could function without seeing. The two-part second-season episode, "Cenotaph", relates an episode from Caine‘s past, when the Emperor's favorite concubine, Mayli Ho (played by Nancy Kwan) takes Caine's virginity. The Kung Fu Legend Continues. The author interviewed Carradine and others, has a summary and comments about each episode. Or if you would like to learn about it and then watch the show. In these flashbacks, the adult Caine (Carradine) recalls a particular lesson during his training in the monastery, taught to him by Master Po and Master Kan. During the concluding four episodes of the third and final season, Caine found not only his brother Daniel, but his nephew Zeke as well. Perfection. Caine will not learn until many years later that this brief, one-time union resulted in the conception of a son, Chung Wang, played by Brandon Lee (Bruce Lee's son) in the 1986 made for TV movie, Kung Fu: The Movie. Before the nephew could reload his pistol, the enraged Caine seized a guard's fallen spear and killed the Imperial nephew. We have a section on "Kung Fu: The Legend Continues" in our Addendum. In the late 19th century China, Kwai Chang Caine was the orphaned son of an American man and a Chinese woman. Bring your club to Amazon Book Clubs, start a new book club and invite your friends to join, or find a club that’s right for you for free. Wanderer. His only known pastimes are the playing of a bamboo flute and meditation. Also, at the back of the book is a general summary of many of the actors who portrayed key roles in many of the episodes. The first was Kung Fu: The Movie, a TV movie that aired in 1986 and featured Caine (Carradine) and his son, played by Brandon Lee. It also says when each episode aired, who the guest stars where, like Don Johnson at 15! Upon graduation he attained the rank of Shaolin Master. On several occasions these scars identified him as a Shaolin monk to those familiar with Chinese culture. Please try your request again later. Everybody was kung-fu fighting after the 1972 premiere of this mystic western starring David Carradine (snatching the role from Bruce Lee) in his signature, Emmy-nominated role as Caine, a stoic Shaolin monk forced to flee China after killing the royal family member who slew his Master. Caine: But shall we not then be defeated? With the exclusive introduction of each episode by Carradine himself and a special feature about his trip to the Shaolin Temple Monastery in China. Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Nan Chi is mortally wounded while saving Kwai Chang's life. Caine remembers that Chen Yi was an arrogant priest, and that he maneuvered Caine into a fight-- which Caine lost-- so that Caine would serve as his go-between, taking messages to an outside mistress. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 20, 2012. The third season episode, "The Forbidden Kingdom", depicts Caine's first days on the run after killing the Emperor's nephew. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. In his efforts to flee China and escape the Emperor's men, Caine meets Po Li, played by Adele Yoshioka. David Carradine stars as Kwai Chang Caine, a man of peace in a land of violence. At one point during his training he was shown the various forms and Master Kan explained that it may take half a lifetime to master one of the forms. This was a gift for my father as he is a huge fan of the kung fu series. In the first episode, "King of the Mountain", Lara Parker plays a widowed ranch owner with whom Caine finds employment. With his dying words, Po gave Caine his pouch containing his few worldly possessions and instructed Caine to flee from China as there would be both no place to hide and a price on his head. Below are some of the best David Carradine kung fu quotes from the popular TV series which include a couple of wise teachings from Kwai Chang Caine’s Shaolin priest teachers Master Po and Master Kan. This clip from the classic 1970s TV series "Kung Fu" was taken from the episode called "The Chalice" in Series 2. shows of all time, but a necessary addition for anyone who has a sentimental connection to Kwai Chang Caine, his masters, and the cinema scape so intricately fleshed out in its viewing. Many comments add to the understanding of the episode and a section on Kung Fu, the Next Generation, and Kung Fu, the Legend Continues. It covers all three series plus the pilot movies, and has brief sections on the subsequent sequel series. He has been portrayed by David Carradine as an adult, Keith Carradine as a younger Caine and Radames Pera as the child Caine, and Stephen Manley as the youngest Caine. The scenes strongly indicate that Kwai Chang and Su Yen had made love. Picture : Full screen. Reviewed in the United States on September 25, 2020, This is not only the perfect companion for one of the greatest and most loved T.V. In the fourth episode of season three ("A Small Beheading"), Captain Brandywine Gage (played by William Shatner) presents Caine with a scroll written in Chinese. There's a problem loading this menu right now. He says, "Only live, Nan Chi, and it will be true.". Kung-Fu: The Legend Continues was a spin-off of the 1970s Kung-Fu cult TV series, and was filmed during the 1990s.. David Carradine stars as itinerant kung-fu monk Kwai Chang Caine again, but *this* Kwai is the grandson of the Kwai Chang Caine he played in Kung-Fu.. Kwai teams up with his grandson, young police officer Peter Caine. This is an episode by episode listing of the characters/plot and particulars about what and when the episode was filmed. You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition. Caine exited the school via a special corridor designed as a last test. Thus, Caine has sexual relations with her. Kwai Chang Caine (Chinese: 虔官昌; pinyin: Qián Guānchāng) is a fictional character and the protagonist of the ABC 1972–1975 action-adventure western television series Kung Fu. Years after his graduation, Caine traveled to the Forbidden City to meet Po, whose lifelong ambition had been to travel to a festival at the Temple of Heaven on that date, the full moon of May - the 13th day of the 5th month in the Year of the Dog. Season Two also features guest stars including Harrison Ford, Don Johnson, Slim Pickens, Tina Louise, John Carradine and more. In 1972, David Carradine stepped onto TV screens as Kwai Chang Caine, protagonist of Kung Fu. In the pilot episode when another priest arrived to take him into custody, telling Caine that he had been searching for him for many weeks and that it had long been known he had fled to the US, Caine said to him, "For money? Sometimes the masters are quoted, as flashbacks into Caine's life at the temple--these teachings guide him throughout the series. [2] He has been portrayed by David Carradine as an adult, Keith Carradine as a younger Caine and Radames Pera as the child Caine, and Stephen Manley as the youngest Caine. Find all the books, read about the author, and more. Eventually, she redeems herself and aids in Caine's escape, telling him, "I will have much to remember". Orphaned after his maternal grandfather's death, Caine eventually found himself outside the local Shaolin temple along with other hopeful candidates. At first, Po Li betrays Caine in order to save her brother who is the Emperor's prisoner. In this book you see every how and why around the serie. She played the role of Nan Chi, a half-Chinese, half-Caucasian woman who wanted to become a disciple of the Shaolin. Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. This guide to "Kung Fu", the 1970's television series shown on ABC and produced by Warner Brothers, relates the quotations from the show to the real history of the times and to the philosophy those quotations come from or refer to as it follows the adventures of Kwai Chang Caine played by … It is a sort of guide to the series. Caine's training involved both armed and unarmed combat. However, in the series, Caine attended the Shaolin Temple in Henan province, where the priests likely spoke Mandarin. If you are not familiar with a TV show that is now touching 40 years old but which has dated well given its historical setting in the Wild West, then this book is an excellent introduction to what made Kung Fu work so successfully as a concept - before you launch into the TV series themselves, of course! Also featured in these final 24 episodes are guest stars William Shatner, Patricia Neal, Jose Feliciano, John Carradine, Leslie Nielsen, Barbara Hershey and more. Incredulous, Caine asked Po, "Old man – how is it that you hear these things?" Do you have any information on "Kung Fu: The Legend Continues"? It follows the journey of Kwai Chang Caine, Shaolin priest looking for his dead American father’s family after being forced to flee China. The basic premise was that Kwai Chang Caine's grandson -- also called Kwai Chang Caine (and played by the same actor, who was now 20+ years older) -- also a Shaolin priest, had been raising his young son, Peter, in a Shaolin temple that was attacked and destroyed. In this third-season episode, "A Small Beheading", Ellie is played by Rosemary Forsyth. Kwai Chang Caine (Chinese: 虔官昌; pinyin: Qián Guānchāng) is a fictional character and the protagonist of the ABC 1972–1975 action-adventure western television series Kung Fu. American viewers hadn't seen a show quite like this before, but it combined a perennially popular genre, the western, with a genre that was rapidly gaining interest, martial arts. Caine is humble, intelligent, inquisitive, and usually very soft-spoken. Some thought is given to commentary on the philosophy which underpinned the series and there are frequent quotations which work well to recall particualr moments. Caine explained that he could hear the water flowing in a nearby fountain and birds in a nearby cage. Caine falls in love with her, even contemplating marriage. The newly initiated master thus bore an imprint on the inside of each of his forearms, signifying his new status. Kwai Chang Caine's long search for Danny Caine comes to an end in a deserted mine where his brother is waiting to kill him. The book gives a nice synopsis of each program from first to last episode. She offers him money for his labors, but he refuses saying that all he needs is food and place to sleep. Following his induction into the order, Caine then lived in the temple until adulthood, mastering many of the fighting forms and lessons taught by the Shaolin monks (Crane, Snake, Praying Mantis, Tiger, and Dragon). With David Carradine, Chris Potter, Richard Anderson, William Dunlop. Raised in China, he was forced to flee to the American West after killing a member of the royal family. Kung Fu told the story of Kwai Chang Caine, a half Chinese and half American young man. Buying the series of DVD or digital format is just as entertaining as compelling as reading The Kung Fu Book of Caine. As the camera pans down the scroll, the Chinese characters for Caine's name appear for the first time in the series: The Zhangzhou accented Amoy pronunciation of the characters most closely match the English spelling of Caine's name. Once they become masters and leave the temple, they are referred to as Priests. From his first days as a Shaolin “grasshopper” and the tragedy that made him a fugitive with a price on his head to the fulfillment of his long quest, here … In the ensuing fight, Caine killed the monk. This is a fantastic book if you liked the TV series in the 70's, Kung Fu. Priest. Disciple Caine: Master, do we seek victory in contention? The town Sheriff recognizes Kwai Chang from the Wanted Poster. 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