Kung Fu

Besieged, Part 2: Cannon at the Gates

Season 3, Ep 13, Aired 11/22/74
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  • Episode Description
  • Caine and the others try to defend the monastery, while the cannon the Warlord SIng wil attack them with is still enroute. In the meantime, he must contend with the fact that a woman who wants to become a Shaolin monk and rejected Sing's hand in marriage, has fallen in love with him.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Keye Luke

    Master Po

  • David Carradine

    Kwai Chang Caine

  • Radames Pera

    Grasshopper (child Caine)

  • William Kelly

  • Ed Waters

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (2)

    • Master Kan: We are dealing with a man who is motivated not by reason but by passions. That means we are dealing with a man half mad at best.

    • Master Kan: The Sage says, 'A man is born gentle and weak. At his death he is hard and cold. Green plants are tender and filled with sap. At their death they are withered and dry. Therefore, the stiff and unbending is the disciple of death. The gentle and yielding is the disciple of life.'

    Allusions (1)

    • TaMo: In reference to the character Tamo
      I remember this episode well, as I was in the midst of a kung fu craze in the 70's, and having absorbed as much cultural history of the ShaoLin monastery as I could at the time, I was aware of multiple cultural references in this particular episode. Not knowing what was in the minds of the writers at the time, my conception was that Tamo was a reference to the patron saint of kung fu, especially Shao Lin kung fu, BhodiDarma, or, as was commonly translated to the Chinese, P'o Ti Ta Mo, and just Ta Mo for short. BhodiDarma, or Ta Mo, brought Ch'an (Zen) Buddhism to China, specifically Shao Lin, from India by way of Tibet. This episode also made reference to the historic razing of one of the Shao Lin temples, as well as the narrow escape of some of the monks who fathered the famous eight styles or eight animals of kung fu.

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