Kung Fu: The Legend Continues

(ended 1997)



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Kung Fu: The Legend Continues

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Kung Fu: The Legend Continues is a sequel, of sorts, to the popular 1970's drama, Kung Fu, starring David Carradine. Whereas Kung Fu was set in the 1870's, this show was set in modern times. Kung Fu: TLC featured David Carradine as Kwai Chang Caine's grandson, also named Kwai Chang Caine, who is a Shaolin priest. The show also featured Chris Potter, as Peter Caine, a police officer and Caine's son. The show usually had stories about mystical Shaolin dealings, often mixed with police drama plotlines. It was syndicated on the short-lived Primetime Entertainment Network. It was filmed in Toronto and distributed by Warner Bros. The following is from the opening credits: The grandson of Kwai Chang Caine walks out of the past. "But I want to fight." "Yes. So did your great-grandfather when he was your age." He teaches his son wisdom at a Shaolin temple. An evil force destroyed that temple. Father and son each believed the other had perished. Fifteen years later they were reunited. Now Caine faced new challenges. And his son grew up. "Look, I'm not my father. I don't do kung fu. I'm a cop. That's who I am. That's what I do." "I am Caine. I will help you."

Robert King (I)

Robert King (I)

Det. Marvin Katz

Belinda Metz

Belinda Metz

Det. Jody Powell [ 2-4 ]

David Hewlett

David Hewlett

Dr Nicholas (Nicky) Elder

Chris Potter

Chris Potter

Detective Peter Caine

Kim Chan

Kim Chan

The Ancient (Lo Si)

John Bourgeois

John Bourgeois

Desk Sgt. John Broderick

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  • Found again after 20 years

    I recently found my VHS collection of KFTHC and began watching. I have almost all of the series recorded from TV as they were being shown. I found three things surprising; first, that the tapes still played; although the quality is lacking. Secondly, that the series is still entertaining (even with the cheesiness). And finally, that the commercials brought back a lot of memories. FYI, cost of cars has significantly increase; but fast food not so much...

    I enjoy watching this series because it tracks with the original series so closely. The last episode I watched just reunited grand father, father and son. I hope that enough people vote on TV Shows on DVD to get this series put on DVD; I would buy it in a minute!!!moreless
  • Works for me.

    You know what was great about the late 80's and early 90's? All of those old shows we love, like Knight Rider and Quantum Leap and the A-Team. Shows that while they contained over-the-top action and cheesy comedy, had endearing characters and interesting premises that weren't so tired as to be not worth watching. I think that Kung Fu, The Legend Continues fits neatly into that list of 'B' list TV favorites.

    Following the further adventures of Kwai Chang Kaine as his wandering finally comes to an end and he settles down long enough to be with his son, a detective in the inner city, this is both a cop and Kung Fu show and a curious parody of how the perceptions of Asian mysticism have worked their way into modern culture. David Caradine's character's amusement at the modern world is quirky and anachronistic, and interesting characters like the Ancient keep you coming back. And of course, there's just something to be said about listening to David Caradine talk.

    Another twist here was the sense of history that the connection to David Caradine's old Kung-Fu Western, the original Kung Fu gave the sequel series. The show hearkens back to it's roots by containing flashbacks, not of Kaine this time as in the original series, but of his son's history as he recalls the teachings of the Shoulin monks when faced with trouble.

    Movies like Big Trouble in Little China, Kill Bill volumes 1 and 2, and even the Matrix trilogy would later rely on the groundwork laid by this and other shows and films to set the stage for wacky wire works combat and mystical fights where more than was normally possible was suddenly a part of the story. It's clear to most that the gravel-voiced Caradine was chosen for his role in Kill Bill for his contribution to the Kung-Fu Spagetti Western, a genre he and contemporary Bruce Lee helped create, and the very character he plays here.

    Over all, take KF:LC for what it is; a fun action series with memorable characters. Enjoy.moreless
  • Loved this show for many reasons!

    Believe it or not, highly trained Qigong masters can climb walls with their bare hands and feet. There's also plenty of things that they can do that just seem to unrealistic.

    And yet, they were explored on this show. Producer Michael Sloan played coy when discussing these things, but what he used most of the time were based on actual Kung Fu techniques and not some hoky stuff he came up with.

    And the philosophy. Loved it! Some was made up, perhaps, but most come right out of the Tao Teh Ching. Fantastic.

    Love the show, loved the philosphy. Oh, and yes, loved the chemistry between David Carrainde (Caine) and Chris Potter (Peter).

    One of my all-time favorites.moreless
  • Arguably the best show to roll out of the PTEN in the early 90s and one of the best shows of the 1990s.

    This was a great show. It may not have been as popular as the original Kung Fu but it was every bit as good. This was arguably the best show to be produced on the PTEN back in the mid 1990s and really saved that Network altogether.

    This show had a great ensemble cast of actors and had huge guest stars appear, such as James Hong, Regis Philban, Mickey Rooney, William Shatner, etc. This show was also a great breaking ground for a lot of actors and I'm sure none of the regular actors on this show will never forget it.

    To this day, this is still my favorite TV show. One of a kind. Too bad they still don't make shows like this.moreless
  • Not that great but can't resist!

    I used to love this show when I was a teen back in 1993. It has been brought back on TNT for several years as it developed a cult following.

    I loved the chemistry between David Carradine & Chris Potter as the hunky police detective son Peter Caine. Though cheesy, it is still very good and well-acted. Hope it is brought back again.

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