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Director:
Writer:
Robert Clouse (written by)
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Release Date:
8 June 1979 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Bruce Lee challenges the underworld to a Game of Death.
Plot:
A martial arts movie star must fake his death to find the people who are trying to kill him. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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funny, sad, and enjoyable See more (109 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Bruce Lee ... Billy Lo (archive footage)

Colleen Camp ... Ann Morris

Dean Jagger ... Dr. Land

Gig Young ... Jim Marshall
Tai Chung Kim ... Billy Lo (as Kim Tai Jong)
Biao Yuen ... Billy Lo (as Bill Yuen)

Robert Wall ... Carl Miller

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar ... Hakim (archive footage)

Mel Novak ... Stick

Hugh O'Brian ... Steiner
James Tien ... Charlie Wang (also archive footage)
Dan Inosanto ... Pasqual (also archive footage) (as Danny Inosanto)

Chuck Norris ... Fighter (archive footage)
Roy Chiao ... Henry Lo
Russell Cawthorne ... Surgeon
Casanova Wong ... Lau Yea-chun (archive footage)
Han Jae Ji ... Fighter (archive footage)
Yuan Chieh ... Fighter (archive footage)

Sammo Kam-Bo Hung ... Lo Chen (as Hung Kim Po)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Stephen Chang ... Ming Tao
Warwick Paul Evans ... Ringside Commentator
Jim James ... Surgeon
Robert Kerver
Taky Kimura
John Ladalski ... Carl Miller's second
Chia Yung Liu
Andre Morgan
Betty Ting Pei
Bolo Yeung (as Yeung See)

Wah Yuen ... Lo Chen's second
Robert Baker ... Fighter (closing credits) (archive footage) (uncredited)
Robert Clouse ... Carl's Second #1 (uncredited)
Christopher Kent ... Billy Lo (voice) (uncredited)
Ching-Ying Lam ... Macau fighter (uncredited)
Kun Li ... (archive footage) (uncredited)
Mars ... Thug (uncredited)
Nora Miao ... (archive footage) (uncredited)
Ing-Sik Whang ... Fighter (archive footage) (uncredited)
Maria Yi ... (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert Clouse 
Sammo Kam-Bo Hung (uncredited)
Bruce Lee (uncredited)
 
Writing credits
Robert Clouse (written by) (as Jan Spears)

Bruce Lee  uncredited

Produced by
Raymond Chow .... producer
Bruce Lee .... executive producer
Bruce Lee .... producer
Andre Morgan .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
John Barry 
 
Cinematography by
Godfrey A. Godar 
 
Film Editing by
Alan Pattillo 
 
Sound Department
Danny Daniel .... sound recordist
Ken Dufva .... foley artist
Mark Eggenweiler .... assistant sound editor
 
Visual Effects by
Anthony Matt .... digital restoration
 
Stunts
William H. Burton Jr. .... motorcycle stunts (as Billy Burton)
David R. Ellis .... motorcycle stunts (as David Ellis)
Buddy Joe Hooker .... motorcycle stunts
Koo Loo Kuen .... stunt double
Mars .... stunt double
Robert Wall .... stunt coordinator
Biao Yuen .... stunt double: Bruce Lee (as Bill Yuen)
Jackie Chan .... stunts (uncredited)
Sammo Kam-Bo Hung .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Sammo Kam-Bo Hung .... stunts (uncredited)
Robert Wall .... stunts (uncredited)
Wah Yuen .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Music Department
John Barry .... conductor
Kenneth Hall .... music editor
Dan Wallin .... score mixer
John Barry .... music producer (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Sammo Kam-Bo Hung .... martial arts director (as Hung Kim Po)
John Strong .... title designer (as John Christopher Strong)
Sammo Kam-Bo Hung .... action choreographer (uncredited)
Bruce Lee .... action choreographer (uncredited)
Bruce Lee .... martial arts director (uncredited)
Biao Yuen .... action choreographer (uncredited)
Biao Yuen .... double: martial arts and acrobatics (uncredited)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Game of Death" - Hong Kong (original title)
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Runtime:
85 min | Germany:92 min | Hong Kong:103 min (original premiere) | Hong Kong:125 min | Hong Kong:54 min (current existing footage) | Japan:115 min | Japan:40 min (2000 incomplete version) | USA:97 min (digital release) | USA:110 min (original premiere) | USA:35 min (2000 incomplete version)
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Trivia:
Dan Inosanto was the only cast member of the original 1972 footage shot by Bruce Lee to shoot scenes for the 1978 version of the film. The rest of the actors (James Tien, Han Jae Ji, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) only feature in archive footage. This footage can be seen in its entirety in Bruce Lee: A Warrior's Journey (2000) (V).See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Director:Cut! Okay, that's a print. That was great, Billy! Okay everybody...
[stage light collapses, crew gasps]
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Raid 2 (2014)See more »
Soundtrack:
Street Dance No. 1See more »

FAQ

If Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Was Only In The Archive Footage, Why Is He In Some Scenes That Were Never Filmed On The Archive Footage?
What are the differences between the old British VHS and the Uncensored Version?
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17 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
funny, sad, and enjoyable, 26 December 2000
Author: bajbij

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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