Bruce Lee plays Billy Lo, a HongKong based movie actor, who is a box office draw. His girlfriend, Ann Morris is a singer who is also climbing to the top. Now it seems the syndicate wants Billy and Ann to join their management firm. But Billy knows that they will be treated like property, so he refuses and tells her to do the same. So they try to encourage him to join but he still refuses. He would be advised that they will not stop, so he must stop them, permanently. He is even more hesitant to do that but when an attempt on his life is made, he fakes his death and alters his appearance, and decides to go after the syndicate taking them out one at a time.
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Bruce Lee as we know is the master of Wing Chun Gung Fu, the creater of "the way of the intercepting fist"(for those of you who do not know that is Jeet Kune Do), and the master of about any weapon in his hand, especially the deadly Nunchuck. I feel many people did not give Bruce Lee his credit for this movie. You have to be blind to not see the value of this movie. I must admit that Enter the Dragon has this movie beat just alittle but not by much it still gives it a good run. Bruce lee inspired me to become a martial artist. He is the ultimate martial arts experience. Enjoy....===~~=== Nunchucks
Worth seeing for the footage of Bruce Lee only, not for the cheap imposterthat took his place. 3 stars out of 5.If possible check out Bruce Lee A Warrior's Journey. It has all of thefootage Lee shot for the movie.
The Game of Death one of Bruce lee's greatest movies but bruce was not in it that much anyway it still inspired me to buy Game of Death with great stars like Kareem Abdul Jabbar and Bruce Lee.the end of game of death when bruce lee has to fight 7 great Martial Artist was the best part of the movie i rekon..........
After making three films (THE BIG BOSS, FIST OF FURY, and WAY OF THEDRAGON), martial artist/philosopher/actor Bruce Lee started work on afourth film. It was about a retired fighter who was pushed by theKorean mafia to raid a five-story pagoda for a treasure. Furtherdetails of the original screenplay would use up too much space. Theclimax was the only part Lee finished before getting called away tomake ENTER THE DRAGON. Unfortunately, Lee died shortly before thepremiere of ETD and could never film any more of GAME OF DEATH.About five years after Lee passed away, ENTER THE DRAGON directorRobert Clouse tried to finish the film by inserting archival footagefrom the four films Lee finished and look-a-likes in the newer parts.But maybe "finish" isn't the right word. Clouse made his own GAME OFDEATH with the footage Lee had already finished.The Clouse GOD was about a movie star being bullied by the mafia, fakeshis own death, and kills off mob members one at a time. The plot isalmost nothing like Lee's original vision and its quality is more orless on the same level as MITCHELL.Despite what it turned into, Clouse's version of GOD had its(unintentionally funny) moments, like when they taped a picture ofLee's face to a mirror to cover the stand-in's. John Barry's soundtrackalso adds too the mess as it's actually good.See it if you're curious, otherwise pass it up.
The real tragedy here is that if they hadn't tried to make it a BruceLee film it could have been acceptable but no. For anyone who has seenthe original Game of Death footage with the original plot (about 30minutes worth of footage, and only 10 minutes is used here) had Brucelee finished that version it would have been brilliant. This is totalrubbish though having his look alike who look nothing like him wearhuge glasses and stand in the shadows is ridiculous! Even worse is thefootage interspersed in the fight scenes of Bruce where his hairchanges length all the time.The plot is nothing to do with Bruce Leesvision and they even use footage from Bruce Lees funeral which reallyis taking exploitation to the limit so my advice is avoid this but ifyou can see the original footage in its entirety - it can be found onthe Enter the Dragon DVD in one of the documentaries.
Most people are generally disappointed in this movie as with a late,pieced together, hurried mess supposed to replace a movie Lee himselfwanted shot to his state of the art ideal. What was left were a bunchof fight scenes; a few manuscripts etc. Then people throw at oneanother "what Lee wanted out of this movie "...as if anybody knew orcared up to this point! I L O V E this movie. The screenplay isawesome. Think about it. A B movie budget with this story about araising hong kong kung fu movie starlet hassled by some mafia gangtrying to take over the industry. Not too elaborate, yet effective;likely, without unneeded frills and bogus tirades. The fight scenes arewell mixed into the story & don't look like the old bang-bang C westernmovie; or the C series hong-kong kung fu movie. The score is composed &directed by John Barry & delivers quality.A few scenes are A+, like a few cameos by Dean Jagger ( not by chance aformer Oscar winner ); the dressing room fight scene is great as well.
Firstly may i give my reason for giving this film a 10.Well i give it a10 and i say "suffer it" for the same reason.... for the purebrilliance of the genuine fighting scenes involving Bruce Lee. Thesescenes are worth the price of the D.V.D. alone (in fact they are theonly reason to buy it).It does belong in any Bruce Lee fan'scollection. Sit back and marvel at a martial arts genius. I agree withBrandon's summary of the film "forty minutes of film and the rest isjunk". The most embarrassing moment has to be (Bruce's head very badlyimposed in front of the mirror in the changing room). The score by JohnBarry is up to his usual brilliant self. So love it or loath it ...itcontains scenes of Bruce Lee that are a must to have in anyone's D.V.D.collection.
lee didn't manage to finish this film but director robert clouse (ofe.t.dragon fame) manages to pick up the pieces left behind and make a filmout of it which is where the film falls down. you see they had to bring instunt doubles to replace Lee so everytime he's wearing shades or has hisback to you you just know that it's not really lee. for the scene in whichlee is shot they reused scenes from the superb fist of fury(it is soooooobvious because the colour quality is different)!!! apart from the fun ofspotting which scenes lee failed to complete, the changing room scene isfantasticly good fun to watch, your jaw will drop open at lee's two finalfinishing moves the penultimate kick is compareable to lee's completebicycle kick in e.t.dragon. overall this film is well worth the mere Â£5.99of which it costs in england
I liked the movie until he had is horrible death the qualidy was not to good but the movie was ok
The spectacular fight scenes with the real Bruce Lee in Game of Death is the only thing worth mentioning about this movie and the only scenes worthy of 5 stars. As for the rest of the movie, Warner Bros did one hell of a job finding every exact duplicate from Bruce Lee to Dan inosanto. All in all, the movie stinks. I recommend anyone out there not to buy this film but i do recommend you look into "Bruce Lee: In G.O.D." which you can find on ebay. The DVD shows all of his last fight scenes from Game of Death - its worth it. Theres only one "WAY" and thats the Bruce Lee "WAY"
Bruce Lee had been working on a film called "Game of Death" when he wasoffered "Enter the Dragon". He went off to do that and planned toreturn tofinish Game just after. Unfortunately, this never happened. The filmwiththat title that was released uses a little of the footage Lee shot withscenes from other Lee films and new footage in which a Lee stand inwearsdark sunglasses! They even use a life-sized Lee cardboard cutout in onescene! And worst of all, they use footage of Lee's actual funeral to furthertheplot which has Lee fake his death in order to find out who wanted himdeador some such nonesense. Kung Fu flicks got lame in the late 70s,anythingwith some fighting in it was released to try and make a buck before thecraze died out. Lee's completed films, although simplistic, are o muchhigher quality. The fights are "realistic", no jumping 20 feet in theairor ripping out someones eyeballs with your fingers. Even the 2 fights filmed by Lee that are seen here are cut down fromwhatwas shot. A recent documentary called "Bruce Lee: A Warrior's Journey"puttogether the 20 minute or so sequence of the climatic battle the real"Gameof Death" was to be. I noticed some other quick shots shown during thedocumentary of non-fighting scenes but apparently not much was shot andsomeof it was even lost. Basically, the climax involved Lee having to enterafive floor pagoda. On each floor is a different martial arts masterthatLee must fight to get to the next level (sounds like the influence ofthevideo game Kung Fu Master). He is being coerced to do this as hissisterand brother are held hostage. Two other men accompany him, they workforthe kidnappers. The top of the pagoda has some kind of great prize,neverreally said what it was. Only floors 3 to 5 exist. The top floorfeaturesKareem Abdul Jabar in an excellent fight seriously edited in thereleasedversion. Try to find this documentary to see what could have been. Seethis if you can't find it but just fast forward to the couple of fightsfeaturing the actual Lee. The Lee/Chuck Norris fight can be seen in"Returnof the Dragon". Basically the only real Lee films are "Fists of Fury","TheChinese Connection", "Return of the Dragon" and "Enter the Dragon". Therest are shameless rip-offs using old footage or stand-ins or a guycallinghimself Bruce Li.
This is a hodgepodge of film being passed off as a Bruce Lee movie. Bruce Lee died before finishing this movie, and has less than 20 minutes of actual footage of him. The plot of the movie does not even correspond with Bruce Lee's original intentions. The parts that actually show Bruce Lee are heavily edited.If you want to see the intended parts of the movie that were filmed before Bruce Lee's death, rent "Bruce Lee: A Warrior's Journey." While that is still not a complete movie, it explains his philosophy, not just flashy fight scenes.This movie is a waste of money, time, and space.
Game of Death (1978) was another film project that was a WarnerBrothers and Golden Harvest joint production. Movie goers all aroundthe world were still in shock from the sudden death of Bruce Lee. Hislast film Enter the Dragon was a worldwide success. After his death aplethora of knock-offs and wannabe Bruce Lees flooded the market place.Raymond Chow and company saw an untapped market for another film"starring" Bruce Lee. He heard of an unfinished film that Bruce wasworking on before he was dead. So he hired Robert Clouse to direct newfootage so it could be worked into the existing one. Sammo Hung washired to become the action director (he also appears as a prizefighter).Robert Clouse used two doubles for Bruce Lee (one of them was YuenBiao) and a lot of stock footage was used whenever it could. The use ofthe footage was a very, very bad idea. Many of the seems were obviouslycut-and-paste and made the film look very cheap and exploitive fare.This was going to be another movie with Hong Kong actors and Americanones thrown into the mix. Gig Young, Dean Jagger and Collen Camp (whenshe was extremely hot) co-star as well as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar andseveral of Bruce Lee's friends. Instead of fleshing out the movie thatBruce was working on before he died, the film makers noticed that therewere already several different films that were already made that bore asimilarity to the original Game of Death. The new movie centered arounda murder mystery and a lot of fighting peppered with a lot of actiondirection work from Sammo Hung.The finished results were a mixed bag. The American cut of the film wasnot that great and is pretty mediocre. The Hong Kong version is a wholelot better with extra footage (It's also edited differently, has allthe trademarks of a Sammo Hung film project instead of one by RobertClouse). and more Hong Kong actors and plot. It must have been asuccess in Hong Kong because a sequel was made from even more unusedfootage and outtakes of Bruce Lee. This movie is actually better thanthis one because it doesn't take itself seriously, not as much recycledfootage and the fight scenes are even better.If I were to watch this movie I would recommend finding the Hong Kongversion. It's a lot better than the boring American release.Followed by the Tower of Death a.k.a. Game of Death 2.
"Game of Death," as you may already know, was finished six years after Bruce Lee's death with 30 minutes of Bruce Lee footage (cut down to only 11 in the final version). In the rest of the movie, the inconveniantly dead Lee is doubled by some other guys. I bet the writers wrote this movie based on how they could disguise the doubles. Doubles are seen wearing sunglasses, bandages, and even fake beards. In one classic instance, Bruce Lee's face is superimposed over one of the doubles. The plot itself is really awful and enough to make one sort of queasy, but the movie, while not for the purist, is a certifiable curio.The DVD is in its original aspect ratio of 2.35:1. The picture looks bright, but a few scenes are scratchy, and the colour often bleeds. The box advertises a theatrical trailer, even showing a picture of the main menu with "theatrical trailer" as one of the options. Frustratingly, it is nowhere to be found.
This film insults Bruce Lee's legacy to hell, I mean Robert Clouse hatedBruce Lee and yet he made this film and wrote a biography on him? What Ialso don't get is why the Kim Tae Jong vs Casanova Wong fight in theglasshouse was never shown on the Universal version of Game of Death? Still,theonly thing else that saved it (slightly) was Bob Wall's appearance andJohnBarry's music, and that's about it.The actual plot should have gone like this:Bruce Lee's character is called Hai Tien, a retired martial arts championwho gets threatened by Korean gangsters to collect treasure from a Koreanpagoda, at first Hai Tien refuses but only accepts when the gangsterscapture his girlfriend and son, so he takes two, maybe four accompliseswithhim, without any guns, to this pagoda on a remote island to find thetreasure. He intended the guard of the Pagoda to be played by Yang Sze(Bolo Yeung), the first floor be guarded be a karate master (to be playedbyWhang Ing Sik) the second floor to be guarded with a master of thePreyingMantis (to be played by Bruce's friend Taky Kimura), the third floorguardedby a master of Indonesian arts (Dan Inosanto), the fourth floor guardedby amaster of Korean arts (Ji Han Jae) the fifth floor to be guarded by someofthe unknown art (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar). There is also a sixth floor, thetreasure but I don't know who was meant to be guarding the floor. Inall,Bruce wanted Bob Wall, Chuck Norris, Jhoon Rhee, Sammo Hung, GerogeLazenbyand Betty Ting Pei (as well as the others mentioned before) to star inthisfilm.
As a long time Bruce Lee fan I found "Game of Death" to be a disgrace. Bruce Lee died tragically during the production of the film and for some reason the film company decided to finish it and release it with out him. A very bad decision, because the finished product is one of the most broken and comically bad kung Fu films ever made. It's not that I'm angry that they decided to finish the film with out Bruce, but if you're going to finish a film make sure that your star is in at least half of the footage. Instead Bruce Lee is in about 10% and the rest is his body double with a Bruce Lee head pasted on his shoulder. He'll be fighting and the head will remain motionless and expresstionless, it's like a gag video from youtube. On the other hand, the 10% that Bruce is in(Not his evil pasted head clone)is classic. No one can forget his fight with Kareem and it's truly one of the most memorable fights in Kung Fu film history. The rest of the film is a painful bore. I find out fast that this wasn't really a Bruce Lee film at all. Just a poorly fabricated movie built around 15 minutes of Lee footage that only comes in at the end.I felt really cheated after watching it. For Bruce Lee fanatics only. If you're looking for a good Kung Fu flick or just a good flick in general then "Game of Death" is not for you.
While billed as the "final film of Bruce Lee", it is important to note that this movie just splices footage from other Lee films in with both shots of a Lee double and the only actual material that Bruce recorded for the film, which clocks in at just over 20 minutes. The way that the filmmakers try to pass off a poor double as the real Bruce reminds one of the infamous Bela Lugosi "Plan 9 From Outer Space" curtain call. While the first hour or so of the movie is laughably bad, one of the big anti-climatic fights involving Bruce and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is worth every dime you put in. The jaw-dropping battle uses well-placed fight choreography as opposed to today's fancy camera tricks to make for one of the best martial arts fight routines captured on film. For those who want to know, the plot of the film surrounds a martial arts film star who fakes his death and returns to seek revenge on the mob. In a twisted sense of irony, Bruce's character is shot on a movie set with a gun that is filled with real bullets instead of blanks, the very same accident that would claim his son, Brandon, on the set of "The Crow", nearly twenty years later.
A martial arts movie star (Bruce Lee, sort of) must fake his death tofind the people who are trying to kill him.Why this movie exists is really the ultimate question. They wanted topass it off as a Bruce Lee movie, but it is not one. No matter how youslice it, and then paste it back together, putting footage from olderLee movies into a new story does not make it a Lee movie.Some of the edits are really sloppy, and many times the stand-ins arejust awful. There is a nice section of fight footage later on, but itis not enough to make this work. What should have happened is this filmbeing split into two: a full film with a different actor replacing Lee,and a short film just showing footage of Lee's fights that never madeit to a film because of his passing. The blend is just a mess.
I rate this movie a 2 out of 10, two points for having a cool endingcredits where they show clips of the real Bruce Lee while a sad tuneplays in the background. Other than that this movie is pure junk, mostof the movie is played by a Bruce Lee double whose moves aren't asgraceful as Bruce Lee's. The story and the dialogue seemed like it waswritten in five days. Another thing that annoyed me is in one scenethey pasted a picture of Bruce Lee's face over the Bruce Lee doublewith the worst editing I have ever seen. This movie will trick you,because the DVD cover has Bruce Lee's picture on it when it's not evena Bruce Lee movie. This movie shouldn't be worth more than five USdollars.
THERE IS MUCH BLATANT GREED APPARENT HERE CONCERNING THE LACK OF CREATIVITY AND THE OBVIOUS EXPLOITATION OF LEE.THE FOOTAGE OF LEE SHOULD HAVE BEEN USED IN A DOCUMENTARY OR THE LIKE. K.A.