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Game of Death II (1981)

Si wang ta (original title)
After Billy Lo is killed while seeking the murderers of his friend, his brother Bobby goes all out to bring the perpetrators to justice.

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See-Yuen Ng (as Ng See-Yuan), Sammo Kam-Bo Hung (co-director) (uncredited) | 1 more credit »
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Credited cast:
Bruce Lee ... Billy Lo / Lee Chen-Chiang (archive footage)
Tae-jeong Kim Tae-jeong Kim ... Bobby Lo / Billy Lo (as Tong Lung)
Jung-Lee Hwang ... Chin Ku (as Huong Cheng-Li)
Roy Horan Roy Horan ... Lewis (as Roy Haron)
Roy Chiao ... Abbot
Hoi Sang Lee ... Monk
Cheng-Wu Yang ... Wildman
Hou Li-Jen Hou Li-Jen ... Billy's Father
Miranda Austin Miranda Austin ... Angel
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lee Chun-Wa ... Muscleman at the Temple
To Wai-Woo To Wai-Woo ... Lewis' Valet
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Storyline

While investigating his friend Chin Ku's (Hwang Jang Lee) death, martial artist Billy Lo (Bruce Lee) is killed. His younger brother, Bobby Lo (Kim Tai Chung), investigates both deaths. His search takes him to Japan, where he befriends Lewis (Roy Horan), master of the Castle Of Death. But when Lewis is brutally murdered, Bobby must investigate the mysterious Fan Yu temple, where he must enter an underground pagoda and face off with the most terrifying of enemies. Written by Jin Ryusaki

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Carrying on the legend.

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Action | Mystery

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violence and nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese

Release Date:

21 March 1981 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Game of Death II See more »

Filming Locations:

Hong Kong, China See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Bruce Lee had filmed over 30 minutes of fight scenes for Game of Death (1978) when work was suspended to allow Lee to work on Enter the Dragon (1973). However, Lee died before he could return. Six years later, director Robert Clouse fleshed out a feature around the original footage with a new cast, including two stand-ins for Lee. After the success of Game of Death in Japan, there was high demand for a new Bruce Lee movie there. As a result, much of the movie is filmed in and takes place in Japan. See more »

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The wire to pull the monk in mid-air (after being thrown by Bobby Lo) is a little too late, he ends up being pulled along the ground instead. See more »

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Lewis: Kung-fu fighters should be fierce like a lion and swift like a peacock so I study their styles.
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Alternate Versions

The late 90s Universe Laser DVD released in Hong Kong had a unique "hybrid" Cantonese track, in that it maintained the original Cantonese voice acting, but used the music from the international English dub. The Mandarin track followed a similar pattern. See more »

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Kimamagurashi No Onna
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Was this really supposed to be a comedy?
16 July 2007 | by mjscarfaceSee all my reviews

There are so many stupid moments in 'Tower of Death'/'Game of Death 2' that you really wonder if it's a spoof. At times, it felt like I was watching a sequel to Kung Pow rather than a Bruce Lee film.

To be honest, this film has bugger all to do with 'Game of Death'. If anything, it's more a sequel/remake of 'Enter the Dragon', incorporating many elements of that film - particularly the actual footage. Bruce Lee's character Billy Lo (apparently) investigates the sudden death of his friend and encounters a piece of film that was left with the man's daughter. When the body is stolen during the funeral (!), Billy is also killed and it's up to his wayward brother to avenge both men's deaths.

Tong Long stars as brother Bobby Lo and doesn't really have the sort of charisma to carry the film. His fighting abilities are very good however. Bruce Lee obviously turns up thanks to (no longer) deleted footage simply to cash-in on the legacy. Saying that, on the whole, the footage is actually edited-in better than in 'Game of Death' but it doesn't stop the film from being a mess.

OK, so the fights are actually very entertaining (dare I say mind-blowing) and make the film at least watchable. But there are so many daft elements to this film that it really tests your patience. First off, there's the supposed villain who lives on his palatial estate... or is that mental institution? Seriously, the nutter eats raw venison, drinks deer's blood, carries a monkey on his shoulder and owns some peacocks and lions (?!). This attempt to make him look tough and intelligent just makes you feel sorry for him - you half expect someone to escort him back to his room.

In fact, this middle section is awful and when the scene involving a naked hooker and a lion suit arrived I turned it off. However, I did finish the film and was kind of glad I did because the fight scene towards the end (much like 'GOD') was the whole reason for watching. While the story is an embarrassment, the action is very good and contains excellent choreography.

But even the finale disappoints if the premise was anything to go by. What we were told was that the 'Tower of Death' was a pagoda that was upside down and underground. This sounded great, like a twist on Bruce Lee's original idea with different styles of fighting on each level. Could this be the 'Game of Death' that was originally planned? No! The film should have been named "Generator Room of Death" because thats as far as the tower goes. Of yes, there were indeed one or two 'different' styles... there were foil clad grunts, leopard-skinned henchman and stupid monk. It's as though Enter the Dragon had never been made, with the plot being a poor imitation.

Worth watching once for the fast paced fight scenes, but so stupid sometimes that it hurts. If this was intended, then fine. Thumbs up, however, for recreating that projector room scene from 'Enter The Dragon'.


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