Kung Fu

Kung Fu

The Complete Third Season

DVD - 2005
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Kwai Chang Caine is a Shaolin monk who is on the run after he killed the Chinese Emperor's nephew. The nephew had killed Caine's teacher in cold blood with a gun, like a coward. Caine flees to America both to escape retaliation and to search for his brother in order to settle down in this new land. However, he can not help but continually run into trouble from gunfighters and others as they oppress the innocent, while bounty hunters pursue the price on his head. Against this, he has his Kung-fu martial arts skill which proves to be devastatingly effective in this gun-dominated land.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, 2005, c1974
ISBN: 9781419804267
141980426X
Characteristics: 4 videodiscs (20 hrs., 21 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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jimg2000
May 09, 2015

Kan: You know the lesson of the silkworm?
Caine: The silkworm dies, the moth lives. Yet they are not two separate beings but one and the same.
Kan: It is the same with man. His false beliefs must die so that he may know the joy of The Way. What you felt in the silence was real. Something in you is dying: it is called ignorance.
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Caine: Without fear one sees more clearly. Your vision is not a curse. It is a gift."

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jimg2000
May 09, 2015

C: All men added together, do they not make up the world we live in? --- There is much here that I love. The land. The people. Half my life is here and, through my father, my roots. But China is home. --- Could it be that all men are bound together? And all things? --- Close your eyes and I will see for both of us. --- I heard the silence, Master. I felt my whole being diffused like a cloud. Then rain fell from the sky through me. I was part of everything, yet I was myself (experienced oneness.)

Masters: Let us renew the words of the sage,
'Man at his best,'
'like water,'
'serves as he goes along,'
'like water.'
'He seeks his own level,'
'the common level of life.'
'What he must do, he does,'
'but not for glory.'
'What he must do, he does,'
'but not for show.'
'What he must do, he does,'
'but not for self.'
'He seeks his own level,'
'the common level of life.' --- Sometimes we must lose part of a gamble in order to win in the end.

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jimg2000
May 09, 2015

C: You kill innocent men for profit. There is no greater evil. --- Let him deal with his own death. He has earned it.

Masters: It is often said that to be effective one must act with forthrightness and great force. But what is to be gained by such a choice? If the end one embarks on is a righteous action, it flows the way of the Tao. Forces are in motion to which we cannot add, from which we cannot subtract. If our path is right, there is only one course to follow. The correct action is to do nothing and all will be done. --- Sometimes one must cut off a finger to save a hand. (First mentioned in pilot.) --- Not to understand a man's purpose does not make him confused. --- Forgiveness "must come from the one who has condemned you." --- 'A sound man not advancing himself'
'he endlessly becomes himself.' --- Every man has his 'yes' and his 'no.' From moment to moment, always his 'yes' and his 'no'.

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jimg2000
May 09, 2015

C: The plea of a frightened boy cannot change the will of destiny. --- The mind is free to create its demons or its guardians. --- There are two strengths: the strength of the body and the strength of the spirit. The body is the arrow. The spirit is the bow. You must learn to use the strength of the spirit. --- Hurt you can do little. Wounded you are helpless. The eyes give away the thoughts and the thoughts direct the weapon. --- You have learned something more than you have asked. You have discovered your own strength. You are free. Is this not enough? --- How can we question the ways of destiny? All we may question is the ways of man. --- None of us wish to die. . . . Honor at the risk of death is not a part of the Shaolin tradition.

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jimg2000
May 09, 2015

Po: You must wait for the moment. . . . For at the right time all may be reached. --- The sage says, 'For good return good. For evil return justice.' --- The sage has said, 'The five colors blind the eye. The five tones deafen the ear. The five flavors dull the taste.' Therefore the wise man is guided by what he feels not by what he sees. When our senses are confused and overpowered, our deeper feelings may yet keep us on the way. --- The sage has said, 'Others are contented. I alone am drifting, not knowing where I am. I'm alone without knowing where to go. I am different. I am nourished by the great mother.' In an uncertain hour, the wise man acknowledges uncertainty. --- As the tapestry is mute, so are we so long as we are held immobile by the tightly woven threads of fear. ... To run from your demon is to have him pursue you. Better to advance to meet your demon in his world than have him pursue you into yours.

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jimg2000
May 09, 2015

C: A good death.
- What could be good about dying?
C: She died that her son might live.
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C: Body and mind are one. . . . What else could a man seek except this unity? --- I have my own goal to gain. I wish only to resume my journey. ---Breath for men to draw from as they will. And the more they take of it the more remains.
Masters: Is there ever enough reason for betrayal? --- You spoke of chance, Grasshopper, as if such a thing were certain to exist. In the matter you speak of, Destiny, there is no such thing as chance for whichever way we choose, right or left, it must lead to an end. And that end is our destiny. --- Who can be so right as to commit no wrong?

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ManMachine
Dec 22, 2018

I think that it's kinda interesting to note that the producers of TV's "Kung Fu" actually had the option of hiring ace martial artist, Bruce Lee for the role of Kwai Chang Caine.

But, instead of hiring Lee, they opted for David Carradine (who had no martial arts experience, whatsoever) 'cause they felt that American audiences were not ready (in the early 1970s) for an Asian actor playing a lead role.

Set in the Old American West - The "Caine" character in this show was a highly-disciplined Shoalin monk who had emigrated from China. He neither carried a gun, nor rode a horse. He settled conflicts through the art of chop-socky.

Even though this show had high ratings, it was cancelled after its 3rd season. It appears that Carradine had to quit due to all of the injuries that he had sustained.

Anyway - So much for this show being an enlightening experience of mind, body, and soul.

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patch666
Jul 28, 2017

Classic TV !!!!!!!! perfect for young minds . Growing up with shaped me and my friends and family ~ 420

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jimg2000
May 09, 2015

Fitting end of a super series ... you can only quote Tao or Zen so many times.

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kcnora
Apr 12, 2012

Beautiful movie... Full with wisdom, hope, love, respect... They don't make anymore such movies... All we have now, movies to make you hate your life and others...

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