Kung Fu: The Next Generation

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Kung Fu: The Next Generation
Written by
  • Danny Bilson
  • Paul De Meo
Directed by Tony Wharmby
Starring Brandon Lee
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Cinematography Brianne Murphy
Running time 60 minutes
Production company(s)
  • Pet Fly Productions
  • Warner Bros. Television
Distributor Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Original network CBS
Original release
  • June 19, 1987 (1987-06-19)
Preceded by
Followed by Kung Fu: The Legend Continues

Kung Fu: The Next Generation (1987) is a television pilot which was intended to be a follow-up to the 1972-75 television series, Kung Fu. It was the second follow-up to the series after Kung Fu: The Movie (1986).

The pilot was not picked up for a series but in 1987 it aired on CBS Summer Playhouse, a series that aired unsold television pilots. In the 1990s, another follow-up to the series titled Kung Fu: The Legend Continues aired which ignored the continuity of the TV movies.


The Pilot tells the story in present day of the grandson of the Shaolin monk (who is also named Kwai Chang Caine after his grandfather) played by David Darlow and his son Johnny Caine, portrayed by Brandon Lee.

The story explains the fate of the original Caine: he had married and become a town's "medicine man". One night he had a heart attack. His ghost appears to his grandson and great-grandson. Later, the pair destroys a drug operation.


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