Game of Death chronicles the life of Hai Tien (Bruce Lee), a famous martial arts master, who stars in many films. After an unsuccessful murder attempt against him, everyone thinks Hai is dead, but he is just hiding, preparing his revenge.
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Directed by Bruce Lee. Turning interrupted by his death in 1973. Taken over and finished by Robert CLOUSE in 1979._ _ _ Réalisé par Bruce LEE. Tournage interrompu par sa mort en 1973. Repris et terminé par Robert CLOUSE en 1979.
This movie is a real annoying mess... badly completed with a lot of inferior material and old movie scenes. The project should have left unfinished. Worth looking are only the last ca. 15 minutes containing original footage.
If you watch this movie, watch the version that has only the footage shot by Bruce Lee that was shown in the documentary THE WARROR'S JOURNEY on the R1 ENTER THE DRAGON special edition DVD. The movie Robert Clouse put together is an abomination, featuring only 12 minutes of the 30 plus minutes shot by Bruce Lee, the rest is filled with doubles and cardboard cut-outs. Truly awful.
The one star is for the impressive, actual and brief footage of Lee that barely makes this a worthwhile watch. Once you get past its initial silliness, its just a pile of awfulness and I say this as a Bruce Lee fan. Game of Death is a painfully ridiculous movie I've spent 15 years working up the nerve to watch. I think I needed another 5.
3 stars for the chopped up theatrical version (complete with hilarious body doubles/stand ins). 5 stars for the film that Lee would've made in his vision had he not passed away during filming (view Bruce Lee: A Warrior's Journey on the 2nd disc of the Enter The Dragon 2004 SE to witness the mind-blowing uncut fighting footage of Lee from Game of Death, including the final 3 fights in the pagoda in their entirety.
The fact that Clouse finished the film with a (bad) body double and used footage of Bruce Lee's actual dead body is among the most tasteless decisions in film production history (with the exception of the audacity of making a sequel). However, even in a mangled form, it is still one of the best examples of how Lee wished to utilize his films to push across his philosophies regarding martial arts technique.