Spike TV’s two-part original movie Kung Fu Killer, starring David Carradine and Daryl Hannah, will premiere Sunday, Aug. 17 and Monday, Aug. 18 at 10 p.m. ET, network officials said Wednesday.
The film marks the first time Carradine and Hannah have worked together since appearing in Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill series.
Set in late 1920s in China, before Communist rule, Kung Fu Killer tells the story of White Crane (Carradine), an orphaned son of Western missionaries who was raised as a Wudang monk to become a spiritual leader and master in martial arts, and his ultimate journey for revenge and justice.
In the first installment, Crane's peaceful world is shattered when Kahn Xin (Lim Kay Tong) and his mercenaries raid his temple and slay his mentor. In search of his master's murderers, Crane infiltrates the Shanghai underworld where he encounters Jane Marshall (Hannah), a lounge singer from Brooklyn, who is on a mission of her own—to find her lost brother, who is being held captive by Kahn. Realizing that Kahn's evil plans are more intricate and widespread than originally thought, Crane teams up with Jane in order to enter Kahn's inner circle.
The second installment, Kung Fu Killer II, shifts gears to a more personal drama as Crane returns to help rebuild his shattered temple. However, the peace is short-lived as, back in Shanghai, nightclub singer Jane is kidnapped by Bai Yang, an old classmate and rival of Crane's who plans to employ her in the sex trade. It is up to Crane and his young protege Lang (Osric Chau) to save not only Jane, but Lang's true love Wei.
The two-part movie was shot entirely on location in China at the Zhejiang Heng Dian World Studios and the towns of Fong Yang and Heng Dian. The miniseries marked the first time a production of this scale was produced by a Western production company utilizing an almost exclusively Chinese crew.
Kung Fu Killer is part of Spike TV's "Spike Guy Movies" umbrella of original movies. Since its launch in January 2008, Spike TV's original "Spike Guy Movies" average nearly 1.5 million viewers each month.