IMDb > Game of Death (1978)
Game of Death
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guidemessage board
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

Game of Death (1978) More at IMDbPro »

Photos (See all 32 | slideshow) Videos
Game of Death -- Clip: Bruce Lee fights Kareem Abdul-Jabbar


User Rating:
6.1/10   11,867 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
Popularity: ?
Down 5% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Robert Clouse (written by)
View company contact information for Game of Death on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
8 June 1979 (USA) See more »
Bruce Lee challenges the underworld to a Game of Death.
A martial arts movie star must fake his death to find the people who are trying to kill him. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
User Reviews:
Barely watchable. Bruce Lee would be turning in his grave. See more (111 total) »


  (in credits order)

Bruce Lee ... Billy Lo (archive footage)

Colleen Camp ... Ann Morris

Dean Jagger ... Dr. Land

Gig Young ... Jim Marshall
Tae-jeong 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 
Bruce Lee (uncredited)
Writing credits
Robert Clouse (written by) (as Jan Spears)

Bruce Lee  uncredited

Produced by
Raymond Chow .... producer
Andre Morgan .... associate 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
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)

Production CompaniesDistributors

Additional Details

Also Known As:
85 min | Germany:92 min | Hong Kong:103 min (original premiere) | Hong Kong:54 min (current existing footage) | Japan:40 min (2000 incomplete version) | USA:35 min (2000 incomplete version) | 62 min (original cut) (1972)
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.78 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

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 »
Continuity: The condition and style of Billy's running shoes changes during the final fight scenes. In some scenes they are brand new and in other scenes, they are old sneakers taped to resemble the shoes that Bruce Lee wore. A good example of this is when Billy approaches his nunchuck bag before his fight with Pasqual. You can clearly see that the his shoes are old and the black stripe pattern is actually made by strips of black electrical tape.See more »
[first lines]
Director:Cut! Okay, that's a print. That was great, Billy! Okay everybody...
[stage light collapses, crew gasps]
See more »
Game of DeathSee more »


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?
See more »
44 out of 62 people found the following review useful.
Barely watchable. Bruce Lee would be turning in his grave., 9 April 2003
Author: The-Gent from Sydney, Australia

I wish this wasn't credited to Bruce Lee's name, it's an embarrassment to all involved, and I honestly can't see why this film is praised by some people.

Lee filmed a few fight scenes for a movie before putting the project on hold to do Enter The Dragon, and of course his death. This is the finished product (without his input). His scenes were poorly edited into a full length piece of crap.

I tried to look past the fact that shots switched from old, grainy film to cleaner, sharper film continuously throughout any scene with the real Lee. I tried to look past the appalling effects; such as sticking a picture of Lee's face on a mirror, and filming it as if attached to someone's reflection. I even managed to look past the fact that the guy playing Lee's character for the rest of the film barely looked like him at all. But I still ended up with a bad taste in my mouth at the end of the film.

There is still a point of interest for Bruce Lee fans, the last 15 minutes are great, (the real) Lee's fight with Abdul-Jabar is amazing...But it didn't do the overall product very much help (for the full unedited version of what Bruce Lee filmed for this, check out the documentary on the man called 'Bruce Lee: A Warriors Journey'). This is my second bad experience with unfinished/unreleased films being edited into others, (see also, or more appropriately -- don't see also: Sam's Song starring Robert De Niro), so I have learnt my lesson. 2.5/10.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (111 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for Game of Death (1978)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
Watched again. Terrible! BrickNash
The fights supermalta
Remake supermalta
Kill Bill/Game of Death Discfreak
Bruce Lee vs Chuck Norris with John Barrt score Merritte33
Bruce Lee Petition hecngc
See more »


If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
Game of Death II Enter the Dragon Fearless The Perfect Weapon The Big Boss
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Action section IMDb Hong Kong section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.