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The King of Kung Fu (1978)
"Si wang mo ta" (original title)

 -  Action | Drama  -  February 1980 (USA)
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It's approaching World War 2 and China is suspecting invasion from Germany and Japan. Mr Ang (Bruce Le) is hired by a Chinese group who are after a "secret doccument". Many other groups ... See full summary »

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Chang
Bolo Yeung ...
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Mr. Keegan
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Black Martial Artist
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Cheung Lak
James Nam ...
White haired master at red level (as Lam Kum Fun)
John Nowell
Le Hai San
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It's approaching World War 2 and China is suspecting invasion from Germany and Japan. Mr Ang (Bruce Le) is hired by a Chinese group who are after a "secret doccument". Many other groups want to get their hands on it as well. It's on the top floor of a tower and Ang must fight his way to the top. Written by J. R.

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Enter the Game of Death  »

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Better Than Game of Death...
22 March 2008 | by (Darlington, England) – See all my reviews

Based - according to the DVD box - on Bruce Lees original vision for his final, uncompleted film, Game of Death, and actually - in my opinion - better than the mess of a movie that vision became, Enter the Game of Death is one of the vast swathe of Bruce Lee 'clone' films that appeared in the wake of his untimely death (how the Chinese film industry got away with such gross insensitivity to Bruce Lees family, i'll never understand..)

Starring Bruce Le (probably the best of the Bruce Lee clones... after Dragon Lee), the story concerns some unspecified Chinese 'secret documents' that have gone missing and, if in the wrong hands, could prove disastrous for the Chinese government. Naturally, this means the evil Germans and evil Japanese want to get their hands on the documents too. So the Chinese government hire a young, wandering reluctant hero (Le) to fight his way up to the top floor of the pagoda where the documents are apparently being kept, and where each floor is guarded by a different master of martial arts.

To be honest the story isn't too good and there's a lot of plot-holes, but of course it doesn't matter a jot because these films are all about the fights! The fight scenes were plentiful and though a few of the less exciting ones got fast-forwarded, they were generally snappy and watchable. Also the choreography was okay, unlike a lot of films of this era, and the action wasn't spoiled by the dodgy camera-work which was spoiled many a kung fu film for me (you know the type - where for some reason the camera is centred on a bush or ornamental urn and all you can see of the ensuing fight scene is a flurry of flailing limbs at the edge of the screen. Hang your head in shame, Dragon Lee Fights Again!)

Bruce Le is as entertaining to watch as ever. He's muscular, athletic and has Bruce Lees style and mannerisms down to a tee, although he has a tendency to overdo them. All the Bruce Lee 'clone' boxes are ticked here - yellow and black jump-suit - check!, nunchaku fight with yellow nunchaku - check!, scars on chest - check!, 'mystical' wavy hand thing from Enter the Dragon - all present and correct!

Also, to the films everlasting credit, the main villain is played in usual psychotic mode by cinemas greatest villain, Bolo Yeung. Looking very young and in particularly massive form, Bolos fights are one of the best things in the film - he even whips out a few rarely seen high kicks for us fans!

Overall then, thanks to the presence of Bruce Le, Bolo Yeung and a few interesting fight scenes (most notably the snake-fighter who flings snakes at our hero and sprays him with blood from the body of a cobra whose head he's just bitten off), this is a definite step above the usual atrocious quality of most Bruce Lee 'clone' films. However, if you want a really good Game of Death homage, watch Game of Death 2 (AKA Tower of Death), one of my all-time favourite Hong Kong martial arts films.

P.S. Despite what the IMDb cast list states, i can't find the late, great Steve James anywhere in this movie. There's a ripped black fighter who looks a lot like him, but i could be wrong!


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