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Game of Death (1978)

R | | Action, Crime, Drama | 8 June 1979 (USA)
A martial arts movie star must fake his death to find the people who are trying to kill him.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tae-jeong Kim ...
Billy Lo (as Kim Tai Jong)
Billy Lo (as Bill Yuen)
James Tien ...
Dan Inosanto ...
Fighter (archive footage)
Russell Cawthorne ...


In this movie, Bruce Lee is a very famous martial-arts master who stars in many films. After an unsuccessful murder attempt against him, everyone thinks his is dead, but he's just hiding, preparing his revenge... Written by Chris Makrozahopoulos <makzax@hotmail.com>

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Bruce Lee challenges the underworld to a Game of Death.


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Release Date:

8 June 1979 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bruce Lee's Game of Death  »

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$850,000 (estimated)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


'Bruce Li' (Ho-Chung Tao) was offered the role as 'Bruce Lee's' stand-in, but declined because he said it was disrespectful to Lee, as it was his movie. See more »


When Billy is proceeding to Hakim's level, on the bottom of the staircase, you see Chiech Yuan's body appear out of the blue. Same with when he was fighting the gold belt judo master. At the beginning of when they were fighting, there was no at the bottom but then when Billy is proceeding to the next level, it appears See more »


[first lines]
Director: Cut! Okay, that's a print. That was great, Billy! Okay everybody...
[stage light collapses, crew gasps]
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Features Goodbye Bruce Lee: His Last Game of Death (1975) See more »


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Music and Lyrics by John Barry
Sung By Colleen Camp
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Definately falls between two stools - non-fans of the genre will hate it whilst true fans of Bruce Lee will loathe it.
6 February 2001 | by (Isle of Man) – See all my reviews

A film that can only disappoint, in that it was cobbled together some years after Lee's death and the joins are all too obvious. For Bruce Lee fans this must deal the film numerous death blows - the knowledge that for most of the film a stand-in is used and the storyline is contrived around old footage.

The film is still reasonable entertainment for Kung-Fu fans, and non-purists won't find the stitched on elements that distracting. Story has Lee playing an actor who fakes his own death after being shot on set by a member of an extortion racket which he is refusing to bow to. This is slightly unsettling knowing that Lee had died years earlier whilst the future fate of Brandon Lee lends the film an even stronger aura of doom.

Great fight sequence with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar - his menace was slightly diluted as I kept visualising him in 'Airplane'. The fights at the films climax probably look familiar to any Video Game fan with Bruce Lee in a yellow jumpsuit a spitting image for Law from the Tekken series.

The version I saw was dubbed into Chinese and then subtitled back to English which seemed slightly strange - maybe there are different versions around.

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