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The Forbidden Kingdom 

The dramatic events that forced Shaolin priest Kwai Chang Caine to flee China unfold again as Caine relives his desperate attempt to escape the Emperor's revenge.


Gordon Hessler


Ed Spielman (creator), Herman Miller (developer) | 3 more credits »

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Episode complete credited cast:
David Carradine ... Kwai Chang Caine
James Shigeta ... Col. Lin Pei
Keye Luke ... Master Po
Adele Yoshioka Adele Yoshioka ... Po Li
Clyde Kusatsu ... Po San
Evan C. Kim Evan C. Kim ... Lieutenant (as Evan Kim)
Jerry Fujikawa ... Pottery Man
Bob Okazaki Bob Okazaki ... Sou Kin
Jesse Dizon ... Apprentice
Wendy Tochi Wendy Tochi ... Po Sing


The dramatic events that forced Shaolin priest Kwai Chang Caine to flee China unfold again as Caine relives his desperate attempt to escape the Emperor's revenge.

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18 January 1975 (USA) See more »

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The last of 5 third season entries set entirely on China, prior to Caine's flight to America, and the only one that took place after the death of the Emperor's nephew. See more »


During the fight between Cain and the assassins from China on the beach, a modern sail boat is sometimes visible in the background. See more »

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James Shigeta returns for a Chinese adventure
17 June 2010 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

Season 3 Episode 18- This would be the last of the 5 third season episodes set in Imperial China, but the only one to take place after the death of the Emperor's nephew, Keye Luke's Master Po represented only through flashbacks of the incident from the original pilot. The distinguished James Shigeta had previously played a Shaolin master in the third season episode "The Garments of Rage," but here plays Colonel Lin Pei, leading an army of the Emperor's soldiers in pursuit of Kwai Chang Caine, while teaching the most ruthless of lessons to his youthful Lieutenant (Evan C. Kim). He again proves to be a worthy adversary to Caine, proclaiming himself a liar and a coward in his relentless pursuit of the priest. A pretty stranger, Po Li (Adele Yoshioka), comes to the assistance of Caine, offering to help guide him to safe passage (apparently West of China) into what is called the Forbidden Kingdom. The trusting priest is unaware that her brother, Po San (Clyde Kusatsu), is already a captive of the soldiers, to be set free in exchange for Caine, except that the treacherous Colonel has every intention of returning to his Emperor with all his prisoners. The relationship between Caine and Po Li remains an important one, as it provides the basis for the 1986 sequel, "Kung Fu." This entry was the first of two directed by Gordon Hessler, an expert on pacing, who had earlier proved himself working on Alfred Hitchcock's teleseries, and a few features done in England, such as "Catacombs," "The Oblong Box," "Scream and Scream Again," "Cry of the Banshee," "Murders in the Rue Morgue," and "The Golden Voyage of Sinbad." Clyde Kusatsu makes his fourth and final series appearance, while two others were new to this entry: the lovely Adele Yoshioka, best known as the neighborly beauty of Clint Eastwood's Dirty Harry in 1973's "Magnum Force," while Evan C. Kim played Dirty Harry's partner in 1988's "The Dead Zone" (but I shall always remember him spoofing Bruce Lee in 1977's "The Kentucky Fried Movie"). Next up- "The Last Raid"

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