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Finishing the Game: The Search for a New Bruce Lee (2007)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 21 January 2007 (USA)
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Bruce Lee's shocking death left legions of stunned fans and a legacy of 12 minutes from his unfinished Game Of Death. Undeterred, studio executives launched a search for his replacement chronicled here through the eyes of five aspiring thespians who find out what the real game is.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Bruce Lee's shocking death left legions of stunned fans and a legacy of 12 minutes from his unfinished Game Of Death. Undeterred, studio executives launched a search for his replacement chronicled here through the eyes of five aspiring thespians who find out what the real game is.

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Finishing the Game  »

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$500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$11,903 (USA) (5 October 2007)


$52,850 (USA) (30 November 2007)

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Final film of Sam Bottoms. See more »


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Interviewer: Mr. Kurtainbaum, why did you decide to continue production on The Game of Death?
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My Name Is Raja
Written and Performed by Brian Tyler
Music Published by Tyler Too Music Publishing, ASCAP
Sony / ATV Music Publishing, 2007
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A Significant Film - a must see.
12 March 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was up at the 2007 Sundance film festival this year. After being turned away at the wait list line (twice), I finally got into a screening of Justin Lin's "FINISHING THE GAME". It was, at the very least, very well worth the freezing wait.

I was at Sundance in 2002 when "BETTER LUCK TOMORROW" made it's world premier. So I thought it was very cool that I was also there for the world premier of "FINISHING THE GAME". Though the two films are significantly different (BLT being a dark drama while FTG is an all out crazy comedy), they are both vintage Justin Lin. And Lin pulls out all the stops. As a film maker, Lin has really challenged and proved himself in most (if not all) mediums of film making and genres. From a powerful indie drama (BLT), to a studio sports film (Annapolis), to a 100 million dollar summer blockbuster (FF3 - Tokyo Drift), Justin Lin returns to his indie roots with the comedy, FINISHING THE GAME. This 70's comedy following Hollywood's retarded search for the next Bruce Lee (Lee died unexpectedly with only having shot the last 12 minutes of fight footage of his passion project, The Game Of Death) showcases Lin's abilities to direct comedy. FTG is just flat out Hilarious.

But more importantly, this film, I believe, will become known as a very Significant film. Much like Spike Lee's "Do The Right Thing" or John Singleton's "Boyz In The Hood", Lin has crafted a film filled with social and political commentary but disguises it as a laugh out loud comedy (a very difficult thing to do well in film making). Lin navigates these waters with precision and poise so beautifully. The film takes a deep look at and takes stabs at Hollywood superficiality, racial/ethnic expectations in the 70's, and pain and denial of people's dreams, hopes, and fears. The ironic thing is that very little has changed in 35 years. We deal with the same exact issues as today, 2007. With this, Lin has crafted a Signficant film in cinema for all to experience and enjoy.

Of course, Lin is greatly helped by many of his players. Cinematography by Tom Clancy (not the writer) really brings that 70's documentary style to life. Candi Guterres set design just adds to the incredible 70's flavor of the film. Cast performances are exceptionally strong across the board. Roger Fan as the beyond delusional Breeze Loo expertly conveys the hidden pain of deluded passion. Sung Kang delivers a charming and atypical performance as the Southern dreamer trying to make it happen in Hollywood. And Meredith Lynn Scott hits the tone spot on as the self-indulgent casting director.

Distribution for the film were in "secret talks" during Sundance. Word is they will be releasing the film some time in October 2007. No official confirmation as of yet...

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