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R.I.P. David Carradine

kungfu2Remembering David Carradine, who died in Thailand this week, and the classic show Kung Fu Kung Fu was one of the TV shows that we actually watched as a family. Here's a little recap of the plot: Caine was an orphan whose father was Chinese and his mother was American. For some reason he was raised in a Shaolin Temple and trained to be a Shaolin Master. Eventually he came to the United States to find his long lost half brother. He was also wanted for murdering the man who murdered his master...so bad guys from China were after him. I think every one of us got a little something different out of the show. Of course my younger brother John liked the fight scenes. My brother Tim, who was in his 20's and going to college, appreciated the religious and philosophical angle...but I'm not sure what my mom got out of it. She was probably just crocheting something and paying half attention. But it was my dad's reaction to the show that I remember most. At some point we noticed that the show was very rigidly formatted, and that at around 10 minutes after the hour, there would always be a cool martial arts fight. Then for around half an hour or so, Caine would try to resolve whatever conflict there was in a peaceful manner. There would be plenty of flashbacks to Caine's days in the Shaolin Temple,where he learned valuable lessons from his wise old master. Then around quarter to the hour, my dad would make an announcement, "Time for another fight," and sure enough like clockwork, Caine would have to fight off a bunch of bad guys all by himself. That would be followed by some kind of poignant solution. Sometimes, my dad would even plan his bathroom breaks around this schedule. "It's 20 to..better go pee before the big fight scene." (However he probably said it in more colorful language.) I haven't seen this show in years, and never watched the New Kung Fu, or whatever it was called in the 90's. But I'd be curious to see if I would still enjoy the old show so many years later. Here's a video of the show's opening.  The part at the very end always freaked me out!

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