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Kung Fu

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kung fu

kung fu (kùng´ f¡´, k¢ng´, g¢ng´) Sports. noun
The Chinese internal linkmartial arts, especially those forms that are similar to karate.

noun, attributive
Often used to modify another noun: kung fu movies; kung fu exercises.

[Chinese (Cantonese) kung fu.]

kung fu (noun)

wrestling: wrestling, jujitsu, judo, internal linkaikido, karate, kyokushinkai, tae-kwan-do, kung fu, ninjutsu

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Kung Fu - TV series in the mid seventies combining the "fugitive-chase", "western" and martial arts scenarios.  set in during the American wild west expansion with immigrant Chinese population helping to build the railroads.  most notable for its jump cut editing and quiet fight scenes.

Rapeman - Two Nuns And A Pack Mule

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Kung Fu - Desert Dunes Kung Fu - Caine In The Desert

Kung Fu - may i have some water? Kung Fu - is that all you want?  water?

Kung Fu - desert dust tea

track _The Dusty Pouch_ MP3atomjacked inventory cache by internal linkOzric Tentacles off of _Afterwish_ CDx2 (1991)

Ozric Tentacles - Afterwish

Caine: "may I have some internal linkwater?"
bartender: "is that all you want? water?"
bartender: "where did you come from?"
Caine: "the desert"
bartender: "the desert?  how the hell did you get across?"
Caine: "i walked"

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Episode #internal link23 (Prod #166208) "THE internal linkTONG"
     Teleplay By:: Robert Schlitt (also #33)
     Directed By:: Robert Totten (also #25)
     First Broadcast: ABC, Nov. 29 or Nov. 15 (Kung Fu Book & Epi-log) 1973
     Guest Stars: Diana Douglas, Richard Loo (also pilot & #3, 35, 48, 50&51)
     Caine helps a missionary woman rescue a Chinese boy from slavery to a member of the internal linkDragon of Retribution Tong.


internal linkInformation: This may be the only episode where Caine [Carradine] actually speaks Chinese.

From the script comes the following and it is unknown how much of this was in the broadcast: "There is much evil in the world, Grasshopper. It has always been thus. And so our ancestors built this monastery and developed the art of Kung Fu so they might cultivate virtue and protect themselves from harm. But whatever one man possesses another will covet. The Manchu Emperor heard of our prowess. So he sent an army of soldiers to burn the monastery to the ground. Only five escaped. They made their way to Fukien and internal linkfounded the Tong to overthrow the Manchus and restore the Ming Emperors to the throne. Violence became their tool and combating violence. Thus the Sage Chuang Tzu has said, 'By ethical argument and moral principle, the greatest crimes are shown to have been necessary and in fact a great benefit for mankind.' Two hundred years have passed. The Manchus still sit upon the throne. The Tongs still kill, no longer for noble cause. Yet they are the children of the five Shaolin priests who went to Fukien long ago.'" - Master Po

Also: "Do rich men hoard their goods? Do great men dispute over small matters?" - Caine

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Kung Fu - do you hear the grasshopper at your feet? Kung Fu - Caine looking down...

Kung Fu - grasshopper feet...

Kung Fu - how is it that you hear these things? Kung Fu - how is it that you do not?

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Episode #60 (Prod #166270) "FLIGHT TO ORION"
     Teleplay By:: Stephen & Elinor Karpf (#59-62)
     Directed By:: Marc Daniels (also #49, 53, 59 & 62)
     First Broadcast: ABC, FEBRUARY 22, 1975 (SATURDAY)
     Guest Stars: Lois Nettleton, John Blyth Barrymore (#59-62 as Zeke Caine) Special Guest Star: Leslie Nielsen (#59-62)
     Caine, Zeke and Zeke's mother try to find Danny before the search party which plans to find/kill him for a $10,000 reward
    (strange how both brothers turn out to have the same price on their heads).


internal linkInformation: Herein Caine gives away the flute he received as a gift in #55 "Battle Hymn"

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"when you can snatch the pebble from my hand, it will be time for you to leave."

Kung Fu - snatch the pebble from my hand... pebble?

Kung Fu - when you can snatch the pebble from my hand... Kung Fu - it will be time for you to leave...

Kung Fu - time for you to leave...

"internal linktime for you to leave."

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Forget about the _Mod Squad_—the only field-day the hippies got on TV was _Kung Fu_. Not only was Kwai Chang Caine a dangerous Shaolin freak with bare feet, mystical powers, and a Billy Jack hat, but he was played by David Carradine, a dangerous Hollywood freak with Aquarian babes, prodigious appetites, and a hut in the Hollywood hills. Kung Fu's vibe was scruffy and occult, and its formal effects internal linkmemorable—all those flashbacks, slo-mo kicks, and overexposed shots of sunlight demonstrated that longhairs saw things differently because they saw things differently.   As much a part of early '70s culture as blaxploitation films or really, really wide bell-bottoms, Kung Fu was as simultaneously silly and noble as the counterculture itself.

I Ching

More importantly, Kung Fu interjected its transmuted hippie code into TV's most sacred and conservative space: the western. While it essentially capped the western's domination of TV dramas (Gunsmoke and Kung Fu were both canceled in '75) and portrayed many stock western characters as racist and arrogant thugs, the show praised the genre as much as burying it. Caine refigured the cowboy's solitude, reticence, and spiritual homelessness into a nomadic wisdom, while his special-effects feet punctuated the fact that the violence of the western approaches, at its allegorical extreme, total hallucination.

After years of internal linkI Ching addiction and T'ai Chi dabbling, I can still trace everything I love about the internal linkTaoTaoto the pearls blind Master Po dropped on the internal linkpuzzled Grasshopper in those priceless flashbacks to Caine's Shaolin temple. But the Tao that Kung Fu emulated was not Lao Tzu's Way but the American Way, a internal linkflux of hobos and beatniks, of Captain Ahab and Clint Eastwood and Kesey's merry pranksters. What unites all these wandering  figures is violence: violence against the self, against convention, against other bodies. Caine's reason for fleeing China for America—his impulsive murder of a member of royalty—made him American. And in the early '70s, he briefly unified the counterculture's split desires, both their cultic quest for inner peace and their lingering urge to put a foot up the Man's ass.

Kung Fu's "contradiction" between meditation and bone-crunching melees—besides already existing to some degree in the martial arts themselves—served up a freak form of an old American internal linkdream: violence at once spiritual and righteous. Caine fights without rancor or sweat, not producing violence as much as reflecting it back to its source. And since he's in America, the internal linkflow is endless.

- Erik Davis - _Now And internal linkZen Kung Fu: The Legend Continues_

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Caine: "I've come to celebrate your life ambition... the internal linkfull moon of May, 13th day, of the 5th month, of the year of the dog"

your life ambition... the full moon...

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Harrison Ford in Blade Runner The Matrix - Neo knows kung fu

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film internal link_Pulp Fiction_ (vhs/ntsc)atomjacked inventory cache(1994)

JULES - "That's what I've been sitting here contemplating.  First, I'm gonna deliver this case to Marsellus.  Then, basically, I'm gonna walk the earth."

VINCENT -  "What do you mean, walk the earth?"

JULES -  "You know, like Caine in _KUNG FU_.  Just walk from town to town, meet people, get in adventures."

Jules - bad motherfucker - will walk the earth

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Lee Scratch Perry

internal linkdub release _Kung Fu Meets The internal linkDragon_ by internal linkLee Scratch Perry

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Timothy Leary and David Carradine


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Chinese and internal linkJapanese martial arts hav appealed particularly to the young and/or dispossessed of Western countries since the 1960s, when judo and, to a lesser extent, karate were popular internal linkyouth-club hobbies (karate also enjoyed a brief vogue around 1970 among both skinheads and members of the counterculture). In the early 1970s, however, internal linkattention shifted to kung fu. The name is from the Mandarin Chinese and denotes a balletic and acrobatic form of unarmed combat said to have been developed in the 6th century at Shaolin Temple in the Hunan Province of southern China. Kung Fu movies exported from Hong Kong created a worlwide craze for the activity, particularly among ethnic minority communities, and made an international superstar of the act and instructure internal linkBruce Lee. From about 1972 there was a crossover: the Hong Kong films used black American soul and funk music in their soundtracks, while American film-makers created a new genre, the so-called 'blaxploitation' movies, which featured black heroes punishing enemies using martial-arts techniques as well as weapons. Both types of film were regularly shown on double bills to young audiences, and martial arts continued to form aprt of ghetto subculture until the 1990s, by which time the musical accompaniment was rap and hip hop. A passing interest in kung fu among middle-class hippies and self-improvers led to other disciplines such as Kendo, Tai Chi and Thai boxing being tkane up.

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first mention of Kung Fu in internal linkUsenet:

From: G:cnrdean (G:cnrdean)
Subject: Keye Luke Answers
Newsgroups: net.trivia
Date: 1982-11-02 00:08:26 PST

Keye Luke (you had the name spelled wrong.  (excuse me for being TRIVIAL))

1.  Master Po in 'Kung Fu'
2.  Charlie Chan's #1 son

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