Kung Fu aired originally in the United States on ABC Television with 60 x
50 minute episodes from 1972 until 1975. David
Carradine stars as Shaolin priest Kwai Chang Caine in
this extremely popular award-winning western drama series made by
Warner Brothers. Kung Fu was created by Ed Spielman, produced by
Jerry Thorpe and developed for television by Herman Miller.
In the series, which is set in
the 1870s, we follow the exploits of Kwai Chang Caine (David
Carradine), whose Chinese mother and American father are dead. The
orphaned Caine had been brought up in a Shaolin monastery in
the Hunan Province of China and the monks at the monastery had trained Caine
to become a Shaolin master.
Sometime after Caine had
achieved the status of Shaolin master, his mentor, the unsighted Master
Po (Keye Luke) was killed by the emperor's nephew. Kwai Chang
Caine then kills Master Po's murderer, flees China and
heads for the American Southwest. Whilst Caine is in America,
he learns that he has a half brother-Danny Caine, and starts the
search to find his sibling.
Kwai Chang Caine
now has a price on his head for the killing of the emperor's nephew. Caine's
wish for anonymity is in vain, for wherever he travels he almost
invariably encounters hostility and is obliged, reluctantly, to invoke
his training as a Shaolin master. Caine is pursued relentlessly
by American bounty-hunters and Chinese assasins alike, who are hoping
to claim the not inconsiderable reward of $10,000 for Caine
alive, or $5,000 dead.