History Film / GameOfDeath

13th Jun '17 9:30:57 AM Mdumas43073
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11th Jun '17 11:09:32 AM Gemser
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In 1973, Creator/BruceLee was in the middle of filming the film that was to showcase his personal style of Jeet Kune Do, ''The Game of Death'' when he received an offer to star in ''[[Film/EnterTheDragon Enter the Dragon]]''. The first kung fu film to be produced by a Hollywood studio, and with a budget unprecedented for the genre, it was an offer Lee was unable to refuse. He was slated to resume filming ''The Game of Death'' as soon as that was finished. Alas, before ''[=EtD=]'' was even released, he died.

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In 1973, late 1972, Creator/BruceLee was in the middle of filming the film that was to showcase his personal style of Jeet Kune Do, ''The Game of Death'' when he received an offer to star in ''[[Film/EnterTheDragon Enter the Dragon]]''. The first kung fu film to be produced by a Hollywood studio, and with a budget unprecedented for the genre, it was an offer Lee was unable to refuse. He was slated to resume filming ''The Game of Death'' as soon as that was finished. Alas, before ''[=EtD=]'' was even released, he died.
11th May '17 10:01:57 AM Gemser
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* GoodOldFisticuffs: Steiner uses this against Billy Lo after all the other henchmen have died. This surprisingly even works even though Steiner is completely unskilled and handicapped and Billy Lo (supposedly Bruce Lee) is supposed to be the greatest fighting machine in the world.

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* GoodOldFisticuffs: Steiner uses this against Billy Lo after all the other henchmen have died. This surprisingly even works even though is completely mismatched, as Steiner is completely unskilled unskilled, beyond his best years and handicapped and Billy Lo (supposedly Bruce Lee) is supposed to be the greatest fighting machine absolute king of martial arts. Steiner still loses in the world.end.


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* StrictlyFormula: The movie does away with the original concept and replaces it with a generic story where a hero has to fight a syndicate and kills one by one (although there are some motorcycle stunts here and there).
11th May '17 9:45:30 AM Gemser
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* PostVictoryCollapse: After Hai Tien (Bruce Lee) defeats his last opponents his collapses from exhaustion. He does not go to highest floor and asks the mafia guys for help. They don't care very much and tell him that there's more fighting downstairs.
11th May '17 9:34:39 AM Gemser
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* BossWarningSiren: In the second filmed fight, Hapkido master Ji Han Jae switches on a red light and warns Hai Tien and his associates to not progress any further or otherwise he will have to kill them.

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* BossWarningSiren: A very rare non-video game example and probably the UrExample: In the second filmed fight, Hapkido master Ji Han Jae switches on a red light and warns Hai Tien and his associates to not progress any further or otherwise he will have to kill them.


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* IKnowKarate: The Hapkido master (Ji Han Jae) is the only one of the fighters to warn the heroes that fighting with him will result in death. This is very bizarre, as he should know already that they're accomplished martial artists and he's alone and they are a crowd of three. See BossWarningSiren too.
26th Feb '17 3:31:14 PM Xtifr
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In 1973, Creator/BruceLee was in the middle of filming the film that was to showcase his personal style of Jeet Kune Do, '''''The Game of Death''''' when he received an offer to star in ''[[Film/EnterTheDragon Enter the Dragon]]''. The first kung fu film to be produced by a Hollywood studio, and with a budget unprecedented for the genre, it was an offer Lee was unable to refuse. He was slated to resume filming ''The Game of Death'' as soon as that was finished. Alas, before ''[=EtD=]'' was even released, he died.

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In 1973, Creator/BruceLee was in the middle of filming the film that was to showcase his personal style of Jeet Kune Do, '''''The ''The Game of Death''''' Death'' when he received an offer to star in ''[[Film/EnterTheDragon Enter the Dragon]]''. The first kung fu film to be produced by a Hollywood studio, and with a budget unprecedented for the genre, it was an offer Lee was unable to refuse. He was slated to resume filming ''The Game of Death'' as soon as that was finished. Alas, before ''[=EtD=]'' was even released, he died.
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''
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