Game of Death

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  1. Steve_Knutzen

    Steve_Knutzen Screenwriter

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    I've owned this movie for several years on VHS but only today did I watch the whole thing. I saw a clip of it on AMC (I knew it was Game of Death because of Bruce's yellow track suit) so I decided to pull out my copy and watch it. Before I'd only watched about half of it; the bad acting and Bruce Lee lookalikes were too distracting. When the climactic final battles ensued, I noticed that the two other fighters with Lee on the AMC version were edited out in my VHS copy and one of them was shown in a 'flashback' fight with Kareem in what looked to be the same room as where Bruce fights him.
    So, I looked on imdb and just found out that Bruce had filmed far less than the VHS box led me to believe and the rest was done by Robert Clouse. Also, imdb mentioned the documentary on the Enter the Dragon DVD that has what is believed to be the closet to Bruce Lee's vision was what was playing on AMC.
    Can anybody tell me or lead me to a site that has some information on what Game of Death was orignally supposed to be like before Bruce's death?
     
  2. TheLongshot

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    I can't point you to a site, but I can say that that documentary on Lee and the footage is excelent.

    According to the documentery, the general plot was that Lee was to be blackmailed into being part of a team to invade a complex with a five story pagota owned by another criminal organization. On the top floor, was a treasure of some sort.

    It sounded like it was a very personal project for Lee, and was supposed to represent his beliefs in the martial arts at that time. It is too bad that he was never able to finish it, because what exists is wonderful.

    Jason
     
  3. Jeff Jacobson

    Jeff Jacobson Cinematographer

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    This DVD will interest you: "Bruce Lee in G.O.D. 死亡的遊戯". It contains the scenes with the other guys that accompany Bruce into the pagoda, which were cut from the movie after Lee died. As far as I know, it contains all of the scenes that were filmed before Bruce Lee's death. It also contains recreations of stuff that went on behind the scenes, with Bruce Lee explaining what his vision of the movie is all about. This is as close as you're going to get to Lee's original vision for the movie.

    There's also a Special Edition version of this DVD. I haven't seen this Special Edition, so I don't know what is different about it (except that it is more expensive).

    Edit: I forgot to mention that it is mostly in English.
     
  4. Grant H

    Grant H Cinematographer

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    I think it was AMC that ran the special I saw with original GOD footage.

    I couldn't believe how much more there was than on the old crappy CBS Fox VHS. that was basically one (maybe two) scenes. Mostly the Kareem Abdul Jabar fight.

    I didn't catch all the footage because they didn't run it all together. It was interspliced with a documentary. Think I tuned in late, and maybe I was trying to watch something else at the same time or had to leave. I liked what I saw though. Seemed like there was way more than I ever thought there could have been.

    What ever happened to that CG Bruce Lee flick that was going to be made a couple years ago? Seems like, today they'd actually be able to sort of finish Game of Death.
     
  5. Andy Sheets

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    That documentary is included with the Enter the Dragon special edition that came out not too long ago. Outstanding fight scenes.
     
  6. Grant H

    Grant H Cinematographer

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    I'll actually have to buy that some time. I just wish the Warner Bros. Special Editions weren't so pricey. I have resisted purchasing many because of that.
     

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