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  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Warner Archive Collection
  • DVD Release Date: October 15, 2013
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #208,372 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unique Western flick. August 3, 2002
By Dirk
Format:VHS Tape
This is certainly by no means an all-time favorite movie of mine, but it's an excellent little flick nevertheless -- especially considering that it was made-for-TV, the pilot for the "Kung Fu" TV series. My wife and I just saw it tonight and quite enjoyed it. At a mere 74 minutes, it's short and sweet, kinda the way I wish more movies would be! It's definitely a Western, as it takes place out West in the late 19th century, but it's unique for this genre in that it incorporates Eastern philosophy/wisdom and martial arts -- sorry, no quick-draw shootouts here.
A great scene appears near the beginning wherein Caine walks into a saloon after walking (!!) across a desert to get some water. Naturally some redneck dork wants to start a fight with him 'cause he's one of them "slant-eyes." Three times the guy attempts to attack Caine and three times Caine swiftly and decisively repels the attacks. The guy wisely decides not to attack again as Caine finishes his water and humbly walks out of the saloon leaving the saloon patrons in astonishment.
There's more martial arts action toward the end, but, it should be noted, this is by no means a standard martial arts flick. The movie teaches humility and respect for elders & all fellow human beings.
Despite the fact that they have very little dialogue, Caine develops a close father/son relationship with blind Master Po.
Some scenes have such a reverent and touching quality to them that they actually brought tears to my eyes .
In Brian Garfield's "Western Films" guide he criticized this film as "Juvenile tripe." With all due respect for the brilliant Mr. Garfield, this film is neither juvenile or tripe! As far as Westerns go, it's quite mature and original. Good Eastern-style music too.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Kung Fu: The Movie of Respect June 19, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
KUNG FU is one of the few movies I have ever seen that has respect for a foundation. It is unfortunate that the martial arts are what viewers most often think of when they remember either the movie or the long running television show. Yet, a respect for tradition and a veneration for one's elders form the philosophical underpinning for both. The young Kwai Chang Caine, played modestly by Rademas Pera, portrays Caine as the height of worshipful respect. Having grown up as an orphan, we see in flashbacks, that he and the other village orphans, were invited to visit the local Shaolin monastery. He waits patiently in the rain for days until he is admitted. Once he is, he and a group of ragamuffins sit down at a table laden with food. The other orphans gorge themselves. Young Caine does not. Because he had the manners to wait, he is invited to stay by Master Po. During his years in the monastery, there are many scenes of interaction between him and his Shaolin instructors. It is these vignettes of the Wise Sages instructing the Eager Youth that lend the movie its charm. Caine, played now by David Carradine, grows to adulthood and leaves the temple to wander China. He is forced to kill the Emperor's nephew and must flee to America. These scnes of exposition are required for the movie to make sense. Caine's rise to maturity forms the basis for his encounter with villainous engineers and a renegade monk.
One subtle scene of respect occurs midway in the film when the adult Caine is working on a desert railroad somewhere in the western region of the United States. A heavily loaded wagon threatens to tip over, and Caine rushes over to prop it up with his surprisingly strong skinny arms.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hope they put the whole series on DVD December 18, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
I have loved this series for years. I just love the little thought provoking things that Caine, the main character says. I've watched it since I was a little kid, and when I was in my twenties, it came on at 4 am on a channel once a week so I'd stay awake just to see it. I really hope they put the whole series on DVD. I'd buy it in a minute.
I love the quiet demeanor of Caine. I enjoy his humility and his respectfulness. The Caine character proves that you don't have to be "bad" to be cool. The pilot movie is definitely worth watching.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shaolin monk flees to the West August 1, 1999
Format:VHS Tape
Perfect acting with a flowing script, written with such logic and perfection, one feels as if they're in the old West. This pilot episode shows, at its best, the good and bad in human nature. It's most striking to me to see such prejudice in the characters in the United States and the endless pursuit of the Emperor of China; both which are in for a downfall. It is Caine, who is very slow to anger (if not nearly impossible) who wins most battles without fighting. It is the prejudice of the Western characters that provides their downfall, and the Emperor's quest for revenge leads to his (though this is never truly shown in this movie or even the series. That's part of its brilliance.) The fight scene in the end goes to show how great of an actor David Carradine is, since he never had any martial arts training prior to this film. And Caine only fights when there's no other way out of a situation. It's thoughtful and filled with good action sequences. It's worth the time to watch. It gives you the same kind of feeling like watching the first Rocky film. (Also resembles The Karate Kid--but this has more originality.)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kung Fu
I love the movie and I also love the TV series. I all of the series and the movie. I watched TV series when it first came out and now I can watch it whenever I want to.
Published 2 months ago by bxedos
4.0 out of 5 stars Smells Like Gasoline
While I am pleased that someone finally put this film on DVD, - I am not pleased that the paper insert, and the DVD plastic box
smells like gasoline. Read more
Published 4 months ago by AZG21
4.0 out of 5 stars Shoulda Been Bruce Lee
Maybe not as good as you remember. Action is inferred but the flashbacks are worth the price of admission. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Pat Letourneau
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT MOVIE
This is a great movie,,,,, wish it was longer... first seen it when I started karate lessions and the instructor showed it after class. Read more
Published on July 6, 2009 by Joseph A. Micale
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Kung Fu
This movie and the DVD series of Seasons one, two and three, from the original T.V. show are a Must See. Read more
Published on August 31, 2008 by California lady
3.0 out of 5 stars [Three and a half stars out of five] Best effort of all the Kung Fu...
Pear and half brother Keith Carradine both

played young Caine in here. Followed by

Kung Fu: The Movie (1986 **. Read more
Published on August 1, 2006 by Rich The Reviewer
4.0 out of 5 stars kung fu:the legend begins
this is the one that you see in commercials and in other movies and in clips on the show of the same name.a very influential movie! Read more
Published on October 9, 2004 by abe
5.0 out of 5 stars Stands the test of time
Excellent series still stands up for modern viewing. Still a refreshing take on the "Western" as a concept with some wonderful anti-racism statements. Read more
Published on August 11, 2004 by Blair Hemstock
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Script Makes Up For Bad History...Grasshopper!
Much has been written about the philosophical & moral lessons that can be learned from watching the old "King-Fu" tv series. Read more
Published on March 13, 2002 by Michael A. Quebec
5.0 out of 5 stars Kung Fu - A Martial Arts Classic
This will go down in martial artis history as a classic.
The fact that Bruce Lee was denied the lead role because of his being "too Chinese-looking" caused it to... Read more
Published on August 3, 2001 by Kwai Chang Finkleberger
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