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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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(as Jan Spears)

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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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Box Office


$850,000 (estimated)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Sammo Hung almost didn't appear in the movie; after being asked personally by Bruce Lee to be part of the film, Hung waited for eight months without follow-up and eventually went to film projects in Korea and Thailand, only flying back to the set in China when promised that it would only take a couple days to film his part. See more »


At the beginning of the movie when Billy, Anne and Jim Marshall were talking, Marshall told Billy that Charlie Wang was fished out of the harbour the next day but right when Billy goes to fight Hakim, behind him you see Charlie's dead body lying there. 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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Edited into Reflections on 'The Little Dragon' (2001) See more »


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