Movie Fact #822 – July 24th, 2015:

“The Game of Death” is an incomplete 1972 Hong Kong martial arts film directed, written, produced by and starring Bruce Lee, in his final film attempt, as the lead character “Hai Tien”. Sadly, Lee died during the making of the film although that wasn’t the end of it.

Over 100 minutes of footage was shot for the film prior to Lee’s death, some of which was later misplaced in the Golden Harvest archives and most of which was to be the centerpiece of the film. The remaining footage has since been released with Bruce Lee’s original English and Cantonese dialogue, with John Little dubbing Lee’s character as part of the 2000 documentary entitled “Bruce Lee: A Warrior’s Journey”.

Also, a 1978 version, which used portions of the original footage married to an entirely new plot involving a new character Billy Lo (Played by Bruce Lee), was made, directed by Robert Clouse. But let’s face it, no matter what they did the film would also remain a fractured work from Lee that was left unfinished. Sadly, not all stories get to be finished.

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