Game of Death (1979)

Game of Death (1979)

“Let it go — what must be done is being done.”

A martial arts movie star (Bruce Lee) is targeted for assassination when he refuses to join a corrupt syndicate led by Donald Pleasence. He fakes his own death and goes undercover to seek revenge.


Response to Peary’s Review:
This ridiculously bad kung fu flick — both “messy and too long” — was Bruce Lee’s final movie, compiled six years after his death. It contains some original fight footage (which, as Peary points out, is “the highlight of the film”), but was mostly made with other actors wearing dark sunglasses and pretending to be Bruce Lee. Indeed, the film’s primary enjoyment (and humor) comes from trying to figure out all the strategies used to incorporate Lee’s doubles — in one particularly hilarious instance, an image of Lee’s face is pasted onto a mirror while his double sits as still as possible. Things finally become interesting towards the end of the film, when Lee himself reappears to triumph in a series of enjoyable fights.

Redeeming Qualities:

  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in a cameo as a villain

Must See?
No, unless you’re a hardcore Bruce Lee fan.


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