Game of Death

1978

Action / Crime / Drama / Thriller

186
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 67%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 64%
IMDb Rating 6.1 10 16101

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Cast

Bruce Lee as Billy Lo
Chuck Norris as Fighter
Colleen Camp as Ann Morris
Dean Jagger as Dr. Land
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725.84 MB
1280*544
English 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
1 hr 40 min
P/S 2 / 12
1.63 GB
1920*1080
English 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
1 hr 40 min
P/S 7 / 15

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by MartinHafer 4 / 10

A Bruce Lee movie that appears to have been edited by Ed Wood, Jr.!!

Let me explain the above comment. In the horrible movie PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE, writer/director Ed Wood, Jr. incorporated some footage he'd shot of Bela Lugosi just before Bela's death. While the footage had nothing to do with the script for PLAN 9, Wood decided to "cleverly" use this film and hash out Lugosi's role by having a much taller guy (a dentist by the way) hold a cape over his face in all the Lugosi scenes not available in the original reel of footage! The result, not surprisingly, is horrid. Now all of the reason for PLAN 9 being named the worst movie ever made wasn't all due to the Lugosi footage, but it was one of the main factors contributing to the pure crappiness of the film.

In the case of GAME OF DEATH, some initial footage had been shot back in 1972 but was temporarily shelved in order to finish another Lee film. But, Lee's untimely death left about 30 or 40 minutes of unusable footage. So, the studio big-shots decided to "pull an Ed Wood" and use the old footage and write an entire movie around it--using extras and irrelevant footage to make a "coherent" film. Well, the result wasn't great but at least it was a good bit better than PLAN 9! As far as integrating a dead guy into a movie, the results were often pretty pathetic. Now I am NOT saying they shouldn't have made the movie. Instead, they should have just admitted that they were using a double and not even bothered trying to fool the audience--it just wasn't possible! Having an extra wearing sunglasses inside and out just looked stupid and playing the part straight, without stupid tricks, would have been better. A couple other stupid "tricks" they tried to make a coherent film included cutting closeup shots of Lee into scenes where he obviously wasn't acting! His clothes and the backgrounds just didn't match the double! The worst case was near the beginning when Lee was supposedly almost killed by a falling light. The close up was of the Real Lee--standing outside against a brick wall. But, the scene was filmed INSIDE and there was no brick wall! This was true Ed Wood editing!!! Even worse was one scene where they literally pasted Lee's face over another person's face for a very brief scene! Clutch Cargo episodes were constructed better than this! Probably the creepiest aspect of all this was that Bruce's son, Brandon, also died prematurely while filming THE CROW and the studio did pretty much the same trick (though with modern computer techniques it did look better). In addition, to add another creepier element, Brandon was killed in an on-set accident where he was killed by a prop gun---something that is in the plot of GAME OF DEATH--when a bad guy pretends to be using a prop gun but really shoots Bruce in the face!!!! This is just so surreal and sick. Also surreal and sick is seeing Gig Young in his final film--just months before he killed himself and his partner! This truly seemed like a cursed production! While I am trashing the film, I may as well point out a few other things before I actually go on to praise the film. First, while I greatly enjoyed watching Chuck Norris BRIEFLY at the beginning of the film, somebody should have told him to shave his back hair!!! Chuck just looked like some sort of missing link with all that hair--a major turn off and something I am surprised made it into both this film and another Lee picture, RETURN OF THE DRAGON. Second, the female co-star Colleen Camp very ably sang the final song in the film but when they show her singing earlier in the movie, she's obviously out of sync with the music.

Now apart from the MANY serious flaws with the film, let's talk about the good. While a tad cheesy, the overall production values were pretty good (apart from the way they dealt with Lee)--especially for a kung-fu movie. Seeing the American supporting actors (especially a foul-mouthed elderly Dean Jagger) was pretty interesting and the music for the film was exceptional. The opening titles were highly reminiscent of a James Bond film and the recurring strains throughout the film were very clearly inspired by the music from ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE. Plus, the effects and fight scenes were pretty good throughout.

Despite occasionally seeing tiny glimpses of Lee in the first 2/3 of the film, he is the clear star of the final portion of the film--the only portion of the movie that should have included Lee in my opinion. Here, he does perhaps his best stunt-work ever and the battles are well worth seeing for fans of the genre. In particular, seeing Lee fight Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was majorly cool. It really is a shame that such great material was never used the way it was originally intended. For fans of Lee, this is STILL a must-see film, but for most others it's a mixed bag--a lot of good and a lot of really, really, REALLY bad editing.

FYI--In the wonderful kung fu comedy, SHAOLIN SOCCER, the goalie is clearly meant to look and act just like Bruce Lee. In fact, his yellow outfit is a copy of Lee's in the finale of GAME OF DEATH. This was a cute little homage to Lee.

Reviewed by alexanderdavies-99382 8 / 10

1 for the 1978 travesty, 10 for the footage Bruce Lee shot.

"Game of Death" was a film that Bruce Lee failed to complete on account of halting production so he could make "Enter the Dragon." After the tragic passing of the martial artist in 1973, his unfinished movie was eventually released in 1978. For the fans, it was to be a final glimpse of their idol after Bruce Lee had revolutionised both the Hong Kong film industry and Martial Arts in general. This travesty for a film is in such poor taste, it being exploitive and an insult to Bruce Lee and everything he stood for. Why Robert Clouse wanted to become involved is anyone's guess! The so-called plot is exploitation personified and bears no resemblance whatever to Lee's concept for his own version. The lookalikes for Bruce Lee aren't very good at all but at least they look as though they can fight quote well. A seasoned character actor like Dean Jagger should have turned this film down. Begrudgingly, there are a couple of fight scenes that are digestible but not much else to enjoy. Sammo Hung has a pretty good fight with Bob Wall. Then and almost out of nowhere, the man himself makes a late appearance in the film's plot and we suddenly whiz back in time to the latter half of 1972 when Bruce Lee was working on "Game of Death." His three fight scenes are excellent as always and this is the first time that a one on one nunchuku scene had been put on film. Lee is on screen for 11 minutes but it is by far the best footage by many miles. The footage looks a lot more cinematic and professional than Bruce Lee's first two movies and it is a considerable loss that he couldn't complete the film.

Reviewed by Elham 1 / 10

This movie is a disgrace to Bruce Lee's honor

I'm 24 years old and I watched Bruce Lee movies when I was even 4 years old. This movie Game of Death was usually Bruce's own movie including script, choreo, main role and production. I hate Hollywood for ruining the Game of Death ideology. Bruce's ideology of this movie was to fight against the best martial artist around the world independent of height, weight, culture and and and. The script was good y'all should google it. I'm glad they saved and dropped rare footage material around 45 minutes including the full fight against Kareem Abdul Jabar ( that's not even everything at all just search for the real Game of Death Movie, so let's get back to this disaster movie ) . Robert Clouse reluctance quality was responsible for that flop. I don't insult dead people so I hold myself back, but honestly he totally destroyed the movie. The storyline, the embarrassing double and fight scenes are terrible. The most awkward points was the camera and the motions I mean don't come up with excuses like it was 1978. It's Hollywood and they had more budget than they deserved and what did Clouse with the budget ?!?! He represents us motions and footage of Bruce Lee's former movies just to hide the doubles face in many scenes from different ankles. THAT WAS EMBARRASSING for the whole world and Bruce Lee fans. Here we go with final points they are so many more points but I guess not many people will read this review. THEY JUST STREAM 15 minutes of Bruce Lee's footage from 1972 and they even cut many scenes from it. Where is the sense ?! Where is the last dignity / majesty for the legend Bruce Lee ? There is no way Bruce would let a movie go like this and end that way. You should all watch his other 4 movies and the OG Game of Death but it's in your hands so decide. I wouldn't watch this crap again. I wish Bruce was still alive. It's a f*cking shame how Hollywood treated all the time. RIP BRUCE LEE

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