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In memory of David Carradine what did you like best about the television series Kung Fu?

Asked by GAMBIT (3855points) June 5th, 2009
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IchtheosaurusRex's avatar

The “flashbacks” to Caine’s youth in the monastery. The bits of fortune cookie wisdom passed along by Master Po. Of course, I liked the fugitive Caine kicking serious booty whenever some Black Hat decided to mess with him.

Well done, Grasshopper.

bythebay's avatar

The theme song.

Triiiple's avatar

The part where he tied the rope to his genitals, then his neck and leaped.

Haroot's avatar

I’m sorry to say that I never saw said Kung Fu. I only witnessed him in the KIll Bill films. In which, in my opinion, he stole the damn show.

Lupin's avatar

His manner and voice and the impression he gave that there’s always more to the story.
There’s probably a lot more to the story in Bangkok, too.
One night in Bangkok makes a hard man humble. Not much between despair and ecstasy…

SuperMouse's avatar

Disclaimer: I am a huge fan of Kung Fu, I even own this book, so I could go on and on.

Pilot: Young Kwai Chang waits in the rain until the Monks let him in; Kwai Chang burns the brands on his arms, stumbles out into the snow and falls face first; Kwai Chang works on the railroad, is put in the “box” as punishment, when he comes out he is peaceful and none the worse for wear, that’s when the rest of the workers see his brands and find out he is a Shao-Lin priest.

Other Episodes: I love that Kwai Chang never killed anyone, he threw them and they happened to hit their head on a rock or fall off a cliff to their death; they had a Capoeista on one episode; the ladies all loved Kwai Chang but he never got with any of them. In one episode someone found out Chang was a priest and asked what he worshiped, he gave a one word answer; “life.”

I’ll stop there.

GAMBIT's avatar

“All creatures – the low and the high – are one with nature. No life is insignificant. If we have the wisdom to learn, all may teach us their virtues…. From the crane we learn grace and self-control. The snake teaches us suppleness and rhythmic endurance. The praying mantis teaches us speed and patience. And from the tiger we learn tenacity and power. And from the dragon we learn to ride the wind.” -Master Kan (also pilot) “Life sustains life and all living creatures need nourishment. Yet, with wisdom the body learns to sustain in ways that all may live.” -Master Kan

evelyns_pet_zebra's avatar

I’m sad to see he is gone, and find the insensitive comments about the circumstances surrounding his death offensive and crass.

I grew up watching Kung Fu, and found that show had lots to teach, unlike some of the trash that passes for entertainment nowadays.

fuck, I sound like my Dad all of a sudden.

GAMBIT's avatar

@evelyns_pet_zebra – thank you for your comment. This show helped me and my friends growing up to be non-violent. All of a sudden it was cool NOT to fight especially when you knew you could easily win. We never missed an episode and talked about it as soon as we got to school.

filmfann's avatar

Sometimes when Caine was attacked, you would see him deflect it while smiling. He was amused by it, and its folly. Would that we could all be that way.
I finished reading his Kill Bill diaries not long ago, and he seemed so focused and positive. I fear this will be revealed to be a tragic accident (autoerotic asphyxiation).
He was also great in DeathRace 2000, and in Bound for Glory.
I will miss him.

hungryhungryhortence's avatar

I loved that Caine was of mixed ethnicity, kind of treated as an outsider everywhere and on top of that, grown Caine was in the “new frontier”, the American West, spreading little bites of wisdom and empathy. My own family is of mixed ethnicities and were original pioneer folk of the American West so the character spoke to me in that way.

cak's avatar

@Sueanne_Tremendous – lurve…I think you spelled it the exact way he said it!

I loved the flashbacks.

Vraido's avatar

… the flashback temple scenes…


… also loved him in “The Circle of Iron”

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