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Walking the plains, Kwai-Chang Caine (David Carradine) meets Peter
(Brandon Cruz), a young boy whose parents have been killed by Indians, and
offers to take him to the next village, where the boy has family. At
first, the boy is mighty grateful of course, but when he witnesses Caine
unable or unwilling to defend their food against two crooked prospectors,
his fascination for the man fades, and once in the village, he is happy to
exchange him for his uncle, aunt and cousins he has never even met ... but
soon the boy learns his loving family is only after his parents'
money the boy doesn't even know about. Soon, uncle and aunt figure it must
have been the Chinaman who took the money, and the whole family attacks
Caine - but now that not merely his food but his life is at stake, Caine
has no inhibitions proving his martial arts abilities, and he beats the
whole family to a pulp, getting back into favour with the boy again.
Caine is hired by Amy (Lara Parker) as a farmhand, and she even agrees to
take in Peter as well and eventually falls in love with Caine, who also
develops tender feelings towards her - but then a bounty hunter (John
Saxon) has tracked down Caine (who's a wanted man after all), and he plays
cat-and-mouse with his prey for a while until Caine challenges him to a
fight, and defeats him of course, even though the bounty hunter is armed.
In the end, the bounty hunter even falls off a cliff to his death - but
Caine figures, if he stays with Amy and the kid, other bounty hunters will
come, and will eventually threaten the lives of those he loves - and thus
he decides to wander on alone.
A pretty muddled first (regular)
episode of the quite popular series Kung Fu: It starts out
pretty much like Shane, but then several subplots (the crooked
prospectors, the boy's greedy family, the love story) are introduced into
the story and abandoned rather at will without any rhyme or reason, until
the bounty hunter-showdown is pretty much pulled out of the hat to bring
the story to an end and get Caine on the road again. In all, despite the
presence of David Carradine and John Saxon not really worth watching.