Saturday, August 16, 2008

"Kung Fu Killer" on Spike TV

Kung Fu Killer offers fans of David Carradine the chance to see him in martial arts action scenes similar to those they enjoyed so much in Kung Fu, that amazingly popular television series. Yes, he’s aged and looks a bit more scraggly now, but he’s up to the challenge as White Crane, a spiritual leader and martial arts master out for revenge and justice in this SpikeTV two-night presentation.

Joining Carradine is the lovely and endlessly talented Daryl Hannah, who appeared with him in Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill films. Hannah portrays a Brooklyn lounge singer befriended by White Crane. This performance marks her singing debut – and she does a surprisingly good job torching up some of my old favorites like “Whispering” and “I’m Always Chasing Rainbows.”

The entire production was filmed in China, which seems appropriate, for its story takes place there in the late 1920s. Filled with lots of action plus plenty of blood and gore, this miniseries boasts the distinction of being the first production of this scale to use an almost exclusive Chinese crew. Among the many fine Chinese actors appearing in supporting roles, Osric Chau stands out for his incredible martial arts skills.

Kung Fu Killer premieres on Spike TV this Sunday, August 17 and Monday, August 18 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

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