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5.0 out of 5 stars Kung Fu - The Complete Second Season, November 24, 2004
This review is from: Kung Fu: Season 2 (DVD)
Caine, a Chinese-American immigrant, conflicts with a violent 1870's American West as he seeks a way of peace. The conflict that he feels within himself as a peaceful man who practices martial arts is portrayed excellently. The flashbacks that he has of conversations and lessons in a Shaolin temple are a glimpse into another world. An outstanding series.

The series has been criticized because Bruce Lee, an American actor of Chinese descent, was passed over in favor of an actor not of Chinese descent.

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I've read that the extras are:
--Zen and Now: A Dinner with David Carradine & Friends featuring Carradine's Kill Bill co-stars Vivica A. Fox and Michael Madsen, Kung Fu series co-star Radames Pera and Technical Advisor Kam Yuen and more!
--David Carradine commentary tracks on 2 key episodes

The series is presented in the original aspect ration of 1.33:1, rather than the widescreen effect artifically created for Season 1. The running time is 1167 minutes and the soundtrack is the original 1.0 soundtrack. Reportedly, Closed Captioning and subtitles in English, French, and Spanish will be provided.

1. The Well: Caine drinks contaminated water and must rely on help from a reluctant ex-slave.
2. The Assassin gs: Dana Elcar: Caine gets in the middle of a life and death feud between two families.
3. The Chalice: A gold chalice must be return to the mission from which it was stolen.
4. El Brujo: A male witch casts a milicious spell that frightens everyone in a small town.
5. The Squawman: A farmer married to an Indian woman shoots the son of an outlaw.
6. The Spirit-Helper: Caine mentors an Indian boy who wants to rescue his kidnapped mother from the men who killed his father.
7. The Tong: The Chinese mafia targets Caine after gives refuge to an orphan.
8. The Soldier: An army lieutenant finds out that he is unable to shoot anyone.
9. The Salamander: A young man cannot tell illusion from reality.
10. The Hoots: A pacifistic religious group allows their water to be taken from them.
11. The Elixir gs: Diana Muldaur, Richard Caine: A medicine hawker's obsession for independence hurts those around her.
12. The Gunman: A man murders a man in the act of killing his wife, and the woman comes to his defense.
13. Empty Pages of a Dead Book: gs: Slim Pickens, Bruce Carradine: Caine and a former sheriff are accused of murder.
14. A Dream Within a Dream: gs: Tina Louise: Caine discovers a corpse hanging in a marsh and is accused of murder.
15. The Way of Violence Has No Mind: Caine is mistaken for being a member of a vigilante group of miners, robbing coaches to punish those stole their mine.
16. In Uncertain Bondage (a.k.a. The Pit): Caine tries to prevent a woman from being kidnapped by her servants and is injured.
17. Night of the Owls, Day of the Doves: A madam and her girls who have been bequeathed some valuable land are attacked by robbers.
18. Crossties: gs: Barry Sullivan, Denver Pyle, Harrison Ford: Railroad detectives are assigned to bring in a group of angry farmers whose land was taken by the railroad.
19. The Passion of Chen Yi: Two women try to con Caine out of his ivory carvings, and Caine is accused of murder.
20. Arrogant Dragon: gs: Richard Loo: Caine defends a former leader of the Tong sentenced to die by them because he wanted to return home to die.
21. The Nature of Evil gs: John Carradine : A blind man tries to revenge a murdered friend.
22. The Cenopath (1) gs: Nancy Kwan: Caine gets involved with an eccentric Scotsman in a burial odyssey. Caine remembers his relationship with a concubine.
23. The Cenopath (2) gs: Nancy Kwan: Continuance of Part 1.
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