Bruce Lee challenges the underworld to a Game of Death.
A martial arts movie star must fake his death to find the people who are trying to kill him.
A martial arts movie star must fake his death to find the people who are trying to kill him.
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Kind of impossible to rate accurately since there are so many things going on at once.
The first level (the easiest one, naturally) is pure entertainment, in which this is probably a 3.5 or so, thanks to Robert Clouse's brisk direction, Dean Jagger's deceptively cheerful heavy, and a few pretty good action scenes - not to mention the transcendent pagoda sequence, orchestrated by and starring the real Bruce Lee himself, maybe the best fight(s) he ever did.
Second level is the historical trainwreck of trying to make a piecemeal movie out of all kinds of leftover Bruce Lee footage, using tricks both clever and forehead-slappingly dumb. My favorite is a subplot that has Bruce's character getting shot in the face…
"Only one scene left in this film, I'll be dropping out of sight myself" - Bruce Lee... creepy.
More like a game of crap
5 ways they attempt to cover up that there is almost no footage of Bruce Lee to use for this film because he died during filming.
(1) Colleen Camp's boobs
(2) 15 minutes of footage of men applying makeup
(3) Long, gawking shots of Kareen Abdul Jabbar's legs
(4) Scenes with too many crackers talkin' bout cracker shit.
(5) Scenes without Bruce Lee kicking ass.
Interesting historically but a bad film. I don't like how these Tammany Hall hucksters are trying to make money off Bruce Lee.
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That Deceased Object of Desire
Testament to Bruce Lee's star power that you could rummage around in his trash, find five minutes of him performing, pad it with a low rent thriller, and still produce a movie that people will watch until the end of time just for those now iconic five minutes. Well, the rest ain't all bad, I guess: the "let's hide the fact that this isn't really Bruce Lee" games range from intriguing to surreal to downright hilarious, Dean Jagger's Dr. Land is as intimidating of a mob boss as senile Junior Soprano (the fish feeding scene! the Lion Dance traffic jam!), and Colleen Camp lives up to her surname giving no fewer…
This Game of Death is a film built around 12 minutes of original footage that Bruce Lee had done for his own movie with the same title. The scenes they filmed to complete the movie were done 5 years after Lee's death and they also used some footage from some of his older films as well. They even use footage from his actual funeral... I kid you not.
If you actually consider this a Bruce Lee Film then it's his worst one by far, but if you consider this a Bruceploitation Film (which you should) then it's the most famous one. It's almost worth watching just for the 12 minutes of real Bruce Lee footage that was shot for the…
Might as well go straight to the elephant in the room - this is the movie where Bruce Lee isn't Bruce Lee. Lee tragically died at the age of 32 when Game of Death was still being shot. The film was released posthumously by Golden Harvest 5 years later, and basically constructed a whole story around 11 minutes of actual Bruce Lee footage. The result is undeniably a hack job where the stitching is painfully obvious. Lee's stand-in, despite director Robert Clouse's attempts to shoot him from behind wherever possible or in shadow, is never very convincing. It's actually pretty distracting. With the best will in the world, it's never amounts to more than a guy pretending to be Bruce…
"It is better to die a broken piece of jade than live a life of clay."
Here it is, the finale of my Bruce Lee-a-thon (thanks again, Criterion), coming to a close in a rather somber way as I reach his final, unfinished film, 'Game of Death.' To finish the film after his unfortunate passing in July of 1973, the film employs some awfully bad stand-ins (men without a shred of muscle) and even hilarious cardboard cutouts for the scenes that he wasn't able to complete. The editing is jarring, the voice actor work is abysmal (whoever was chosen for this sounds nothing like Lee) and I'm pretty shocked at how positively the film seems to be praised as a…
Just the most remarkable collection of 1970s bodies to display: not just Bruce Lee, but Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (who was also replaced by a double for a couple of early scenes), Sammo Hung, and Colleen Camp as well, each iconic in their own ways.
An accidental kind of a masterpiece. A film about the fungibility of non-white bodies, about how the colonialist/capitalist class sees bodies as commodities, to be exploited and tossed aside whenever convenient that itself ghoulishly repurposes a real Asian body to make a quick Hollywood buck. An assertion of control over a body iconic for its rebelliousness, the film is a perfect encapsulation of the process by which capital captures a popular revolution (or in this case, revolutionary…
Not gonna defend this one as it’s kinda terrible and morally reprehensible. I’m just saying, everyone talks about the pagoda/top three floors of the restaurant (?) climax but no one talks about how much fun Dean Jagger is having in this thing. There I said it...
And ya gotta admit... some of the ‘tricks’ they use to sell us that Bruce was in this thing are pretty darned funny and also a lot of the dialogue is hilarious.
Ok so "Game of Death" crossed a solid double yellow line by saying it stars legendary Bruce Lee when there's only ten or so minutes of him in the entire film. And since part of the plot is Lee's character faking his own death, the film shamelessly exploits the real Bruce Lee's death by using a few minutes of stock footage from his actual funeral, with him deceased in his coffin. But the idea of building the film around what remained of the project Lee was working on when he died has some appeal as a contrast to all the other films that turned out worse than this one in which everything was intact. They have no excuse whereas this…
Knowing that this film would rely on quite a bit of archival footage prior to my viewing, gave me hesitation. However, near the final act of the film, where Bruce Lee (and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) appears, it picks up the pace from what to expect from the legend. Put together years after his untimely death, we see a story pieced together of a corrupt studio attempting to off one of their major martial arts action stars. Billy Lo (Lee) is played by actors Yuen Biao, Tong Lung, and Bruce Lee himself, and these actors do a service to the legacy of fallen superstar. In the aforementioned final act, we see Bruce take on several martial arts masters in a style medley…
Review In A Nutshell:
Robert Clouse officially destroyed Bruce Lee's legacy. This was laughable and painful from start to end, and after a bit of digging, it came to my attention that the version I had seen used very minimal of Lee's footage. This shouldn't have existed at all. In my opinion if Lee's career ended at The Way of the Dragon, then his filmography would have been an admirably remarkable one.
Definitely Lee's worst film but it can hardly be considered a Lee film. This was the movie that Bruce had begun right before he died so he had only a chance to film a fraction of it leaving the rest incomplete. Director Robert Clouse from Enter the Dragon fame, attempted to try his hand at finishing this bereaved film by hiring a Bruce Lee look alike actor and horribly editing archive footage from old Lee films. The result is piss poor which is a shame not only in of how much potential this meta-film had going for it but for one of the greatest losses of mankind in martial artist, philosopher, actor and human being Bruce Lee.
Speaking on that…
this "movie" really is unstable.
In a way this deserves less, but the scenes with Bruce are so good. And it's so nice to see that iconic suit that I still like it. The fight In the dressing room and the bike scene is great! The main score is so epic. It is quite an iconic song. But maybe you should just watch those scenes by themselves...
+1/2 star for yellow jumpsuit
Por mais que as lutas são legaia,vc quase não vê o Bruce lee
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
What do you do with a series of fight scenes in the can and then your star dies?
- Use a series of body doubles.
- Film said doubles in the dark, with sunglasses, poorly lit.
- Use footage of the star's actual funeral
- Stick a photo on a mirror to cover up the double's
Well they did all of them.
It's not surprising that they did given how much money there was to make. It still leaves a bad taste in the mouth though.
And there's an eerie coincidence in the manner of Brandon Lee's real death being a plot line here.
For the actual Bruce footage, he is as always fantastic. A force of nature. A spectacular martial artist and a compelling presence.
(I'm watching his films in reverse order because the first and "last" are weak movies.)
JUGANDO CON LA MUERTE. Bruce Lee contra la muerte. Casi una mondo-movie sobre la muerte de Lee, con escenas reales del funeral, reciclajes de 'El furor del dragón' (algunos parecen fotos recortadas en cartón) y toda una galería de imitadores bastante flojos. Toda la peli es un despropósito trash con aspiraciones a James Bond, pero el duelo final por etapas en la pagoda, con el auténtico Bruce Lee, el filipino, el coreano y Kareem Abdul Jabbar es demasiado mítico.
La última película de la leyenda, estrenada años más tarde por la trágica muerte de Lee, no es ni buena ni mala, Bruce Lee rodó un 10% si acaso, pero tiene una de las más épicas e icónicas peleas de la historia del cine.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar vs Bruce Lee.....imperdible
It only gets 4 stars for Bruce. The movie is really only is a 1/2 star. Poor execution
Bizarre cash grab movie. Wish Bruce could’ve finished filming this bc Way of The Dragon was great and it would’ve been cool to have more movies with his complete control. The Bruce Criterion box set is great. There’s an interview with Robert Wall on this disc where he says he didn’t continue his movie career bc he loved his wife too much and that he’s a “recovering whore for 45 years.” Then he calls Robert Clouse a piece of shit and terrible director. Highly recommended
The final, real footage of Bruce Lee of course rules. The rest of the movie is either goofy stand ins going through a rote plot or just ghoulish shit like real footage of Lee’s open casket.
Nice to give fans the chance to see more of the real Bruce Lee, but that plot they built around the fight scenes he had shot was awful
This movie shouldn't exist. Incredibly disrespectful, horribly messy, it reminds you of all the bad things about movies of this time after having enjoyed all the great stuff that might have made you love it in Bruce Lee's earlier work. And yet, Bruce somehow manages to elevate something that would have surely been utter garbage into an incredibly influential, important, and entertaining film with his brilliance. The Kareem Abdul-Jabbar fight is one of my favorite Bruce Lee fights ever and the yellow suit on Bruce is just iconic. Despite Uma Thurman's Beatrix Kiddo getting the objectively nicer suit, Bruce still manages to be the coolest person to have ever worn it and that's no slight on her. Bruce just exudes…
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