6.1/10
13,519
117 user 40 critic

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.

Directors:

, (uncredited)

Writer:

(as Jan Spears)
Reviews
Popularity
4,794 ( 223)

On Disc

at Amazon

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Big Boss (1971)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A young man sworn to an oath of non-violence works with his cousins in an ice factory where they mysteriously begin to disappear.

Directors: Wei Lo, Chia-Hsiang Wu
Stars: Bruce Lee, Maria Yi, James Tien
Action | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A young man seeks vengence for the death of his teacher.

Director: Wei Lo
Stars: Bruce Lee, Nora Miao, James Tien
Action | Adventure | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A man visits his relatives at their restaurant in Italy and has to help them defend against brutal gangsters harassing them.

Director: Bruce Lee
Stars: Bruce Lee, Chuck Norris, Nora Miao
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A martial artist agrees to spy on a reclusive crime lord using his invitation to a tournament there as cover.

Director: Robert Clouse
Stars: Bruce Lee, John Saxon, Jim Kelly
Action | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

While investigating his friend Chin Ku's (Hwang Jang Lee) death, martial artist Billy Lo (Bruce Lee) is killed. His younger brother, Bobby Lo (Kim Tai Chung), investigates both deaths. His ... See full summary »

Directors: See-Yuen Ng, Sammo Kam-Bo Hung, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Bruce Lee, Tae-jeong Kim, Jang Lee Hwang
Documentary | Action | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Legendary martial artist Bruce Lee is the subject of this thoughtful documentary by Lee aficionado John Little. Using interviews, behind-the-scenes footage and action sequences from Lee's ... See full summary »

Directors: John Little, Bruce Lee
Stars: Bruce Lee, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Peter Archer
Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A Karate champion and his manager are invited to participate in a martial arts tournament held in an island ended up fighting for their lives while rescuing kidnapped models.

Director: Jun Gallardo
Stars: Ramon Zamora, Evangeline Pascual, Eddie Garcia
Action | Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A fictionalized account of the life of the martial arts superstar.

Director: Rob Cohen
Stars: Jason Scott Lee, Lauren Holly, Robert Wagner
Documentary | Action | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Documentary of the life of actor Bruce Lee, with interviews with cast members and crews who worked with him.

Directors: Tom Kuhn, Fred Weintraub
Stars: George Takei, Chuck Norris, Robert Wall
The Green Hornet (1966–1967)
Action | Crime | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A newspaper publisher and his Asian valet/martial arts expert battle crime as the feared Green Hornet and Kato.

Stars: Van Williams, Bruce Lee, Wende Wagner
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

The Official Golden Harvest tribute to the Master of the Martial Arts Film, Bruce Lee.

Director: Leonard Ho
Stars: Bruce Lee, James B. Nicholson, Linda Lee Cadwell
Edit

Cast

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

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Bruce Lee challenges the underworld to a Game of Death.


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

| |

Release Date:

8 June 1979 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bruce Lee's Game of Death  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$850,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (original premiere) | (current existing footage) | (2000 incomplete) | (2000 incomplete) | (original cut) (1972)

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Bruce Lee had filmed over 30 minutes of fight scenes for this film when work was suspended to allow Lee to work on Enter the Dragon (1973). However, Lee died before he could return. Six years later, director Robert Clouse fleshed out a feature around the original footage with a new cast, including two stand-ins for Lee, who faces are hidden by dark sunglasses and shadows. Close-ups and stills of Lee's face (including a cardboard cut-out) were also used. See more »

Goofs

In the nunchaku scene when Billy and Pasqual are dueling, Billy's second nunchaku bends, revealing it to be foam rubber. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Director: Cut! Okay, that's a print. That was great, Billy! Okay everybody...
[stage light collapses, crew gasps]
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Ga yau hei si 2009 (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Will This Be the Song I'll Be Singing Tomorrow?
Music and Lyrics by John Barry
Sung By Colleen Camp
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

The last 15 minutes of the film is worth watching
2 December 2000 | by (california) – See all my reviews

I wish I could say the same thing for the first 60 minutes of the film..

Before watching this film,I knew that Bruce Lee died before finishing it,so my expectations where that Bruce would come out in some parts of the films and other parts would be doubled.

That is the frame of my mind you have to have with this film. However you will probably have to fast forward to the only fluid moments with the Master Bruce Lee. The 60 minutes use pictures of Bruce Lee in the fights but it's a bad idea. The movie could have been cut considerably into maybe a 30 min to 45 min ,but instead we are forced to stomach, a Bruce Lee wannabee who cant compare an eye to the Master, and who gets his butt kicked throught the movie.

The footage with Bruce Lee, is incredible. The fight scenes last up to 10-15 minutes total, but they are so physical, they probably took up several rehearsals to shoot.

Bruce was filming "Enter The Dragon" while filming this film. He and the Directors did the right thing by filming the end first because of Bruce's busy schedule.

You cant call this film an overall great action movie like one reviewer said because it has many faults. It's too too long (90 minutes) and the Bruce Look alike gets beat for half the film until the Real Bruce Lee shows up at the end.

Also the Bruce Lee double in this film is just plain puny looking. He looks as if he has never lifted weights.

What I would have done to make the film more enjoyable is shorten the film, immensely, then put a biograpy about Bruce , so as not to leave the viewer unsatisfied with the film.

No one today can do what Bruce Lee did in his prime (ask Chuck Norris who has failed miserably copying his moves and is now doing a laughable show called Walker).


12 of 18 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page