made for television movie
(the pilot for the subsequent series) starring David Carradine
. Carradine playes Caine, a young Chinese
-American Shaolin monk
living in 19th century China. After avenging the death of his teacher, he becomes a wanted man in China
. Fleeing to America
, he works on the railroad in the American West
and helps the railroad workers.
Perhaps the most famous sequence in the film is the following (taken from the Internet Movie Database):
Master Po: (after easily defeating the boy in combat) Ha ha, never assume because a man has no eyes he cannot see. Close your eyes. What do you hear?
Young Caine: I hear the water, I hear the birds.
Master Po: Do you hear your own heartbeat?
Young Caine: No.
Master Po: Do you hear the grasshopper that is at your feet?
Young Caine: (looking down and seeing the insect) Old man, how is it that you hear these things?
Master Po: Young man, how is it that you do not?
Hereafter, Master Po referred to his young pupil as grasshopper.