Game of Death (1978)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Drama  |  8 June 1979 (USA)
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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:
Billy Lo (archive footage)
Tae-jeong Kim ...
Billy Lo (as Kim Tai Jong)
Biao Yuen ...
Billy Lo (as Bill Yuen)
Hakim (archive footage)
James Tien ...
Dan Inosanto ...
Pasqual (as Danny Inosanto)
Fighter (archive footage)
Roy Chiao ...
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 <>

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Bruce Lee challenges the underworld to a Game of Death.


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8 June 1979 (USA)  »

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Bruce Lee's Game of Death  »

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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 arrives at the restaurant (end fight) it is midnight, but when he is fighting Hakim it is suddenly daylight, seen when Billy is pushed by Hakim and makes him break a paper window. 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 The Chinese Connection (1972) See more »


Game of Death
(Hong Kong version only)
Music by Joseph Koo
Lyrics by James Wong
Sung By Roman Tam
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funny, sad, and enjoyable
26 December 2000 | by See all my reviews

The sad:

Bruce's premature death, the disposal of the original script, the inclusion of the current one, the cop-out ending, "Bruce's" punking out...

The Funny:

The double used through mist if the film meant to be passed off as Bruce Lee, the blatant use of stock footage from other Bruce films, the acting...

The enjoyable:

The score is very underrated, one of John Barry's finest (I have the soundtrack to this movie, along with another Barry film, Night Games.) Some real good martial arts sequences make the wait for the real Bruce footage towards the end, especially the locker room fight between "Bruce" and Bob Wall (choreaographed by Sammo Hung and Yuen Biao, who reportedly portrayed Bruce in that scene.) Sammo himself appears as a fighter in the film. I give this movie a modest recommendation.

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