Con dobles que rellenan incipientemente las escenas no grabadas por Lee, tomas reales de su funeral y una trama que fue evidentemente diseñada para completar la película sin su gran estrella, lo único por lo que vale la pena ver Game of Death son, por supuesto, las secuencias de combate por el verdadero Bruce Lee usando el icónico traje amarillo.
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.
Il vademecum per come rovinare 36 minuti di girato originale di Lee, prima della sua morte. Di certo questo film non era ciò che quest'ultimo aveva in testa e lo si nota negli ultimi 20 minuti di film (scene originali girate da Lee). Squallido il tentativo di utilizzare controfigure e sagome di cartone (non scherzo) per far credere allo spettatore di avere il rimpianto attore cinese in scena. Peccato.
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.
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.