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David Carradine Relives TV Classic

2 May, 2004 By: Fred Topel

Kung Fu: The Complete First Season just hit shelves March 16, but star David Carradine is already looking ahead to The Complete Second Season. In discussions with producers, he has pushed them to think outside the box when planning bonus content.

“They've got some great ideas about what they're going to do,” Carradine said. “They said, ‘You know, we want to be a little radical,' and I said, ‘Why don't you be a lot radical?’

The first set contained interviews with Carradine and other cast and crew in featurettes about the production of the show. Carradine has inspired DVD producers of subsequent sets to include features addressing the martial arts world, to trace the impact of “Kung Fu” beyond the individual episodes.

“Rather than just doing interviews, they wanted to get together a bunch of people who are involved or marginally involved or maybe not even involved at all — like Quentin [Tarantino], for instance, who's a big fan, or Jackie Chan, and just get us all at a dinner or something with a bunch of cameras and just let us go and see what happens and put that into the tape,” he said. “I think that's a great idea.”

The success of the show on DVD only further solidifies Carradine's perception of “Kung Fu's” impact on the martial arts community since the show originally aired in 1972.

“Very rarely do I meet a martial artist who doesn't tell me that he got started in martial arts because he saw my show, which is funny because at that time, I didn't know [anything],” he said.

Even before the DVDs hit, Carradine followed entertainment tracking that showed an impressive worldwide audience of millions.

Carradine played Kwai Chang Caine, a wanderer who got into weekly adventures that required him to use kung fu to thwart bad guys.

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