History Film / GameOfDeath

29th Dec '16 8:50:49 PM ADrago
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So the uncompleted footage for ''The Game of Death'' sat and collected dust, with some of it being misplaced and LostForever. Greedy producers weren't about to let this stand, so in 1978, they enlisted the director of ''[=EtD=]'', Robert Clouse, to make a new film using the surviving footage, footage from other times in Lee's career, and newly-filmed footage. The result is known simply as '''''Game of Death'''''.

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So the uncompleted footage for ''The Game of Death'' sat and collected dust, with some of it being misplaced and LostForever.[[MissingEpisode lost]]. Greedy producers weren't about to let this stand, so in 1978, they enlisted the director of ''[=EtD=]'', Robert Clouse, to make a new film using the surviving footage, footage from other times in Lee's career, and newly-filmed footage. The result is known simply as '''''Game of Death'''''.
13th Nov '16 12:46:15 AM Morgenthaler
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* {{Badass}}: Hai Tien (Bruce Lee) is this in several ways:
** He's an undefeated full contact world champion.
** He fights many fighters that are thought to be unbeatable.
** He even wins against a supernatural fighter who has supernatural strength and reflexes (on the highest floor).
6th Nov '16 10:41:49 PM ultimomant
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* MandatoryUnretirement: Hai Tien (Bruce Lee) is a retired full contact world champion and initially refuses to take part in the "game of death" and only does so after his family is kidnapped by the Korean mafia.* MyKungFuIsStrongerThanYours: The film wants to show that a good martial artist always has to improve and adapt to any situation that can occur.

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* MandatoryUnretirement: Hai Tien (Bruce Lee) is a retired full contact world champion and initially refuses to take part in the "game of death" and only does so after his family is kidnapped by the Korean mafia.mafia.
* MyKungFuIsStrongerThanYours: The film wants to show that a good martial artist always has to improve and adapt to any situation that can occur.



* RiddleForTheAges: None of the surviving materials reveal what is on top of the pagoda. There are many rumors (a scroll with an inspirational message, another fighter, something supernatural, nothing or - according to several of Bruce's friends - a mirror, which would be was based on the philosophical idea that since he had overcome all of his opponents by adapting, [[ItWaswithYouAllAlong HE HIMSELF, was the treasure]]), but none of these are canon. One can assume that Bruce Lee's intention was that it's unimportant what is on top of it, the quest to the highest level counts.

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* RiddleForTheAges: None of the surviving materials reveal what is on top of the pagoda. There are many rumors (a scroll with an inspirational message, another fighter, something supernatural, nothing or - according to several of Bruce's friends - a mirror, which would be was based on the philosophical idea that since he had overcome all of his opponents by adapting, [[ItWaswithYouAllAlong [[ItWasWithYouAllAlong HE HIMSELF, was the treasure]]), but none of these are canon. One can assume that Bruce Lee's intention was that it's unimportant what is on top of it, the quest to the highest level counts.
26th Oct '16 1:54:33 AM Gemser
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** There are a lot of shots edited from previous Bruce Lee movies, like ''Film/WayOfTheDragon'' or ''Film/FistOfFury''

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** There are a lot of shots edited in from previous Bruce Lee movies, like ''Film/WayOfTheDragon'' or ''Film/FistOfFury''
26th Oct '16 1:51:24 AM Gemser
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* MartyrWithoutACause: The guardians are completely willing to die to protect the highest floor. Why they do is never revealed.
26th Oct '16 1:43:25 AM Gemser
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* OffscreenInertia: Whether the guardians ever leave their own floor, let alone the pagoda, is completely up to the viewer's interpretation (there's no indication that they do).



* ArtisticLicenseHistory: Bruce Lee first shot ''Film/FistOfFury", then ''Film/WayOfTheWarrior"". In this movie, it's the other way round.

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* ArtisticLicenseHistory: Bruce Lee first shot ''Film/FistOfFury", ''Film/FistOfFury'', then ''Film/WayOfTheWarrior"".''Film/WayOfTheDragon''. In this movie, it's the other way round.



** The are shots used from Bruce Lee's '''real''' funeral when Billy Lo fakes his death.

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** The There are shots used from Bruce Lee's '''real''' funeral when Billy Lo fakes his death.
26th Oct '16 1:15:03 AM Gemser
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* DavidVersusGoliath: Bruce Lee vs. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

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* DavidVersusGoliath: Bruce Lee vs. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Bruce Lee was 5ft 7.5 in (1,71 m), Jabbar was 7ft. 2 in (2,18 m), however Bruce Lee still could land a jump kick on his head.



* IconicOutfit: Bruce Lee's yellow and black jumpsuit has been copied over and over and over again. Initially, it was meant to be a strong aversion of all known martial arts uniforms and represent shapelessness.

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* IconicOutfit: Bruce Lee's yellow and black jumpsuit tracksuit has been copied over and over and over again. again (see [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Game_of_Death#Yellow-and-black_tracksuit here]]). Initially, it was meant to be a strong aversion of all known martial arts uniforms and meant to represent shapelessness.



* AllegoricalCharacter; One could ask if the guardians of the pagoda spend all of their lives n the pagoda waiting for some challenger, and what they're doing all day, when they eat, sleep etc., however represent the formalized system of martial arts that Bruce Lee wanted to prove wrong. Hai Tien (Bruce Lee) can beat them all with some ease because of their inability to adapt. Kareem-Abdul Jabbar has an unknown fighting style that represents the highest level of martial arts and has superhuman strength and is subsequently the hardest match for Bruce Lee.

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* AllegoricalCharacter; [[AllegoricalCharacter Allegorical Characters]]: One could ask if the guardians of the pagoda spend all of their lives n the pagoda waiting for some challenger, and what they're doing all day, when they eat, sleep etc., however represent the formalized system of martial arts that Bruce Lee wanted to prove wrong. Hai Tien (Bruce Lee) can beat them all with some ease because of their inability to adapt. Kareem-Abdul Jabbar has an unknown fighting style that represents the highest level of martial arts and has superhuman strength and is subsequently the hardest match for Bruce Lee.



* Badass: Hai Tien (Bruce Lee) is this in several ways:

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* Badass: {{Badass}}: Hai Tien (Bruce Lee) is this in several ways:



* Bizarrchitecture: The Buddhist pagoda of the original is meant to be a restaurant here. It is a very strange restaurant that has entire floors only for fighters to rest.

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* Bizarrchitecture: {{Bizarrchitecture}}: The Buddhist pagoda of the original is meant to be a restaurant here. It is a very strange restaurant that has entire floors only for fighters to rest.
26th Oct '16 1:04:37 AM Gemser
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--> '''Kareem Abdul Jabbar:''' You have forgotten, that I too am not afraid of death.

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--> '''Kareem Abdul Jabbar:''' Abdul-Jabbar:''' You have forgotten, that I too am not afraid of death.



* RiddleForTheAges: None of the surviving materials reveal what is on top of the pagoda. There are many rumors (a scroll, a mirror, another fighter, something supernatural, nothing) but none of these are canon. One can assume that Bruce Lee's intention was that it's unimportant what is on top of it, the quest to the highest level counts.

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* RiddleForTheAges: None of the surviving materials reveal what is on top of the pagoda. There are many rumors (a scroll, a mirror, scroll with an inspirational message, another fighter, something supernatural, nothing) nothing or - according to several of Bruce's friends - a mirror, which would be was based on the philosophical idea that since he had overcome all of his opponents by adapting, [[ItWaswithYouAllAlong HE HIMSELF, was the treasure]]), but none of these are canon. One can assume that Bruce Lee's intention was that it's unimportant what is on top of it, the quest to the highest level counts.




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* WorthlessTreasureTwist: Almost all of the suggestions and rumors about what is on the highest level of the pagoda invoke this. This would be in line with Bruce Lee's philosophy. See RiddleForTheAges above.
25th Oct '16 3:24:09 PM Gemser
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* DamselInDistress: Hai Tien's wife and child are kidnapped by Korean mafia to force him to undertake the titular game of death.

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* DamselInDistress: Hai Tien's wife sister and child younger brother are kidnapped by the Korean mafia to force him to undertake participate in the titular game of death.
25th Oct '16 3:22:56 PM Gemser
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* FatalMethodActing: Subverted in-universe. Billy Lo shoots the last scene for ''Film/FistOfFury'' and it shot by one of Dr. Land's henchmen. It turns out that he survived and plans for his revenge.



* StockFootage: The 1978 version makes heavy use of this: there are a lot of shots edited from previous Bruce Lee movies, like ''Film/WayOfTheDragon''.

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* StockFootage: The 1978 version makes heavy use of this: there this:
** The film uses 11 minutes of the original Game of Death, which is cautiously edited to not star any of Bruce's associates.
** There
are a lot of shots edited from previous Bruce Lee movies, like ''Film/WayOfTheDragon''.''Film/WayOfTheDragon'' or ''Film/FistOfFury''
** The are shots used from Bruce Lee's '''real''' funeral when Billy Lo fakes his death.
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