Kung Fu: The Movie

Kung Fu: The Movie is a 1986 made-for-television film and the first in a series of sequels which continued the story of the Shaolin monk, Kwai Chang Caine, first introduced in the 1972–1975 television series Kung Fu. The role of Caine is resumed by David Carradine. The role of his son, Chung Wang, is portrayed by Brandon Lee in his acting debut. The film aired on Brandon's 21st birthday on February 1, 1986. The role of Master Po is also resumed by Keye Luke and The Manchu is portrayed by Mako (Makoto Iwamatsu).

Kung Fu: The Movie
Written byDurrell Royce Crays
Directed byRichard Lang
StarringDavid Carradine
Music byLalo Schifrin
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Executive producer(s)Paul R. Picard
Producer(s)Skip Ward
David Carradine (co-producer)
Skip Schoolnik (associate producer)
Production location(s)Stage 26, Warner Brothers Burbank Studios - 4000 Warner Boulevard, Burbank, California
Walt Disney's Golden Oak Ranch - 19802 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall, California
Warner Brothers Ranch, Verdugo Ave. and Pass Avenue, Burbank, California
CinematographyRobert Seaman
Editor(s)Skip Schoolnik
Running time93 min.
Production company(s)Lou Step Productions
Warner Bros. Television
Original networkCBS
Picture formatColor
Audio formatStereo
Original release
  • February 1, 1986 (1986-02-01)
Preceded byKung Fu (1972–75)
Followed by


Greg Baker in The Miami News wrote that it was a shame that it was a confirmed for a series, because it captured the intelligence and uniqueness of the original show. He also felt that Carradine dominated the screen and the supporting cast was also praised.


  • Pilato, Herbie J (1993). The Kung Fu Book of Caine: The Complete Guide to TV's First Mystical Eastern Western. Boston: Charles A. Tuttle. ISBN 0-8048-1826-6.
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