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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 »
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  (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
Han Jae Ji ... Fighter (archive footage)
Yuan Chieh ... Fighter (archive footage)

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

Stephen Chang ... Ming Tao
Warwick Paul Evans ... Ringside Commentator
Jim James ... Surgeon
Christopher Kent ... Billy Lo (voice)
Robert Kerver
Taky Kimura
John Ladalski ... Carl Miller's second
Ching-Ying Lam ... Macau fighter
Chia Yung Liu
Andre Morgan
Betty Ting Pei
Ing-Sik Whang ... Fighter
Bolo Yeung (as Yeung See)

Wah Yuen ... Lo Chen's second
Robert Baker ... Fighter (closing credits) (archive footage) (uncredited)
Kun Li ... (archive footage) (uncredited)
Mars ... Thug (uncredited)
Nora Miao ... (archive footage) (uncredited)
Maria Yi ... (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Directed by
Robert Clouse 
Sammo Hung Kam-Bo (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
William H. Burton .... 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 Hung Kam-Bo .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Sammo Hung Kam-Bo .... 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 Hung Kam-Bo .... martial arts director (as Hung Kim Po)
John Strong .... title designer (as John Christopher Strong)
Sammo Hung Kam-Bo .... 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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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:100 min | USA:110 min (original premiere) | USA:35 min (2000 incomplete version)
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Did You Know?

In the film, Bruce Lee's character fakes his own death; the funeral scene includes real footage of Lee's actual funeral.See more »
Continuity: Throughout the final scenes of the movie, spliced-in footage of Bruce Lee does not correspond with doubles. Facing and body orientation relative to his opponent switches from shot to shot.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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Citizen Dog (2004)See more »
Street Dance No. 1See 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?
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9 out of 13 people found the following review useful.

Ignore the many carpers out there and enjoy this movie for what it is,namely a pulse pounding,high-kicking fistic martial arts action flick which in the last 20 minutes is raised to celestial heights by the inclusion of three consecutive terrific fight sequences featuring the incomparable and majestic Bruce Lee.This is a quality production and is helmed expertly by Robert Clouse and begins in an effective way with the clever credits accompanied by one of composer John Barry's best action themes,so good in fact that it even enhances Lee's final fights.True,some of the doubling and effects are piss poor and the acting from many of the rest of the cast is embarrassingly bad,especially Gig Young who is spectacularly awful.He committed suicide shortly after this was released and one can see why.However,I doubt anyone went to see GAME OF DEATH in order to watch Gig Young in action but rather to see the greatest action star who has ever been or ever will be,if they were disappointed by what they saw in that magical final 20 minutes then I doubt anything could please them.Overall this is one great action movie.

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