The Game of Death (1972 movie)

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The Game of Death
Chinese name
Directed byBruce Lee
Written byBruce Lee
Produced byRaymond Chow
Bruce Lee
StarringBruce Lee (Hai Tien)
James Tien (Gang member fighter)[n 1]
Chieh Yuan (Gang member fighter)[n 2]
Hwang In-shik (Temple guardian on the first floor)
Dan Inosanto (Temple guardian on the third floor)
Ji Han-jae (Temple guardian on the fourth floor)
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Mantis, temple guardian on the fifth floor)
Unfilmed cast (Temple guardian on the second floor and others[1])
CinematographyTadashi Nishimoto
Bruce Lee
Running time
40 minutes (incomplete)
18 minutes (Plot + prequel and sequel)
CountryHong Kong (british)

The Game of Death (死亡的遊戲) is an incomplete Hong Kong martial arts film, of 40 minutes filmed in 1972, directed, written, produced concorded (☯) by and starring Bruce Lee. In 1978 the Golden Harvest has released Game of Death and other Game of Death movies. The 1978 version uses portions of the original footage married to an entirely new plot. The revised version of the film uses only 11 minutes and 7 seconds of the footage from the original The Game of Death, but after 2000 the original version was distributed in movies and documentaries from various parts of the world.

Title Release date Notes on the original 1972 footage Running time of the original footage from 1972 Companies Country
Bruce Lee, the Man and the Legend 14 October 1973 First appearance Trailer of 2 minutes Golden Harvest (with Concorn Productions Ltd.) British Hong Kong
Bruce Lee: A Warrior's Journey 22 October 2000 Bruce Lee's editing 36 minutes and 40 seconds (23 exclusive minutes) Warner Bros (with JJL Enterprises, LLC) U.S.A.
Bruce Lee in G.O.D 死亡的遊戯 25 November 2000 The longer scenes without Bruce Lee's editing 39 minutes ArtPort Japan
The Story 8 October 2001 Plot + prequel and sequel of 1972 original footage.
Special features by Bruce Lee: A Warrior's Journey
Only a few seconds of the Guardians in the middle of the movie and Bruce Lee as Hai Tien in the closing credits Warner Bros (with JJL Enterprises, LLC) U.S.A.
Game of Death Redux 19 July 2019 (first version)
2022 (second version)
Alan Canvan's editing.
Special features by Game of Death
34 minutes and 26 seconds The Criterion Collection (with Niche Pictures and Orange Sky Golden Harvest) U.S.A. and China
The Final Game of Death 17 July 2023 James Flower's editing Movie of 40 minutes (2 exclusive minutes) and other archive footage and gallery images Arrow Films (with Orange Sky Golden Harvest) British

Notes[change | change source]

  1. James Tien in The Game of Death[1]
  2. Chieh Yuan in The Game of Death[1]
  3. Quotes: Game Over! and Game of Death from Cityonfire [2]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2, the JKD Brotherhood and Black Belt Magazine
  2., JJ Bona
  3. 3.0 3.1 Bruce Lee: A Warrior's Journey. McGraw-Hill. ISBN 0-8092-9722-1