Game of Death
- Original title
Si wang you ju (Game of Death)
- Running time
- 96 min.
- Hong Kong
Bruce Lee, Jan Spears
Godfrey A. Godar
Tai Chung Kim,
Concord Productions / Golden Harvest Company. Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Action | Martial Arts
- Synopsis / Plot
- 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.
Game of Death was the film Bruce Lee had planned to be the demonstration piece of his martial art Jeet Kune Do. Fifty-four minutes of footage was shot before his death, some of which was later lost and has not yet been recovered. The remaining footage has been released with Bruce Lee's original English dubbing as part of the documentary entitled Bruce Lee: A Warrior's Journey. Most of the footage which was shot is from what was to be the centre piece of the film.
While in the middle of filming Game of Death, Bruce Lee was given the offer to star in Enter The Dragon. The first kung fu film to be produced by a Hollywood studio, and with a budget unprecedented for the genre, it was an offer Lee could not refuse. Unfortunately, Lee died of cerebral edema only a month before the film's release. At the time of his death, he had already made plans to resume the filming of Game of Death.
After Lee's death, Enter The Dragon director Robert Clouse was enlisted to direct additional scenes featuring a stand-in which, when pieced together with the original footage as well as other footage from earlier in Bruce Lee's career, would form a new film (also entitled Game of Death) which was released in 1978, five years after his death, by Columbia Pictures. (from wikipedia.org)
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