| Game of Death (1978)
Director: Robert Clouse
Bruce Lee died during the making of
Game of Death. He completed all of the fight scenes, which include some
of the best of his film career, but elsewhere in the film his place is
taken by a dubious character in big sunglasses. Ignore this, though -
it's a good kung fu movie; a fitting tribute to the master of the genre.
In a curiously circular way, Lee plays
a martial arts film star - scenes from Lee's other films are included as
part of this. A syndicate agency wants him to become their latest
client, and they won't take no for an answer. "Accidents" tend to happen
to other stars who have refused, and when Lee refuses, an attempt on his
life is made. His friend persuades the doctors to fake his death, so
that he can recover in peace and get his revenge on the organisation
that tried to have him killed. This leads to a series of classic fights,
against several martial arts stars.
These fights, and a ring fight between
two others (including Sammo Hung) are the making of the film, as one
would expect, and often the agility and power is simply breathtaking.
The end sequence, where Bruce moves from room to room, taking on a
henchman in each, is fantastic.
Game of Death could be described Bruce
Lee's swansong - it's certainly a great tribute to Little Dragon.
List Price: US $23.95
Cantonese / Mandarin
English / Traditional Chinese
/ Simplified Chinese / Japanese, Korean,
Thai / Indonesia / Vietnamese
(Can be played on any DVD player in the
- "Adult Material;
Parental Guidance Recommended" (roughly equal to an
MPPA rating of "R") Films rated Category IIB
contain large amounts of violence and/or nudity and
sexual situations in addition to possible explicit
language and adult situations.