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Game of Death (Cantonese Version) (1978)

Cast: Chuck Norris, Chuck Norris, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, more...
Director: Robert Clouse, Robert Clouse
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Rating: Not Rated
Running Time: 94 min.
Other Features: LetterBoxed, Digital Sound

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 turns them down, 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 as Bruce Lee's swansong - it's certainly a great tribute to Little Dragon.

Catalog description and image courtesy of Used with Permission. 2003

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