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Finishing the Game (2007)

Roger Fan , Sung Kang , Justin Lin  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Roger Fan, Sung Kang, James Franco, McCaleb Burnett, Dustin Nguyen
  • Directors: Justin Lin
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Genius Products (TVN)
  • DVD Release Date: May 20, 2008
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B0013D8LB8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #216,169 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Finishing the Game" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

The unexpected death of Bruce Lee, a world- wide phenomenon and established movie star, came at the peak of his popularity. Having already shot scenes for his upcoming movie Game of Death, studio heads decided to complete the film by launching a search for his replacement attracting hopefuls from all around the world. Finishing the Game is an uproarious, poignant, unpredictable and action packed re-imagining of the casting process for Lee's replacement.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WONDERFUL LAUGHS!!! April 7, 2008
Format:DVD
Ok first of all, I enjoyed seeing Roger Fan, Dustin Nguyen, Brian Tee, and Sung Kang in a movie ALL together. I just luuuv them!!! This movie was hilarious. It made light of the serious plight of an Asian American male who goes for casting calls in Hollywood. One of my favorite scenes was with Brian Tee playing a Vietnam Vet. I thought it was brilliantly done and after renting it this past weekend from Blockbuster, I'm gonna buy it!!!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Laughed out loud! March 24, 2008
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Saw this at a film festival last year. Thought it was really funny! Very satirical, with surprisingly good performances by Roger Fan, Sung Kang, and Dustin Nguyen. MC Hammer is hilarious, too! Would have been good if they at least had one shot of the real Bruce Lee which would have shown how good Roger Fan actually is in immitating him (even though his character is the one "replacement candidate" who claims to be his "own man"). Highly recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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If you love 70's / 80's B movies - oh this film is just perfect. If you remember that -sploitation (fill in the class, black, asian, women, etc.) era and cringe, just move on, don't watch this film. If you hate Ron Jeremy and seeing the edge of an adult film set compelete with full frontal male and female nudity, look the other way.

This is a paradoy of those B movies. They got the clothing, the lighting, the hair, the bad acting, the cars, the decor (the way walls were painted, furniture, et al), the film stock, the audio, the titles, and the editing absolutely 100% perfect spot on.

This is a cast of thousands, almost all B actors with long resumes in television or supporting actors in other films. James Franco shows up, probably the biggest name actor.

This got four stars simply because it's such a perfectly done throw back to an era of film making. It's short hour and 24 minutes to the point. There's some good laughs here and there. It feels a bit like a documentary, but is definately not real.

This film is R rated and then some. There's a lot of foul language. There is full male and female frontal nudity for exactly the reason a film might get and NC-17 rating. There's a small amount of violence, mostly in recreations of old television programs. Definately not a film for anyone younger than this rating.

The DVD is blissfully devoid of any special features.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Parody On Classic Martial Arts movies December 7, 2008
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Finishing the Game was an Excellent Parody of the Classic Martial Arts movies of the 70's. The script for this Mockumentary was hilarious, and the Casting was brilliant. The storyline involves the casting of a body double who can pass for Bruce Lee, so the film company that holds the remaining small amount of Authentic Bruce Lee footage, can complete and release his last film. Roger Fan as Breeze Loo isn't the typical martial arts hero - He looks and acts the part Perfectly but doesn't do any of his own stunts at all. Still, One look at his facial expressions would make any opponent think twice. Sung Kang as Cole Kim may be the most likable of the wannabe action stars who's enthusiasm is over the top overwhelming as he issues his intense lines with a smile on his face. Bernardo Pena as Remi Nguyen is the exact opposite as he recites his lines with absolutely no emotion or facial expression. The Audition Scenes for the coveted role are one of this film highlights. Dustin Nguyen and James France are seen in a hilarious send up of American (Buddy)Crime Dramas of the 70's (Think Streets of S.F.) And MC Hammer is fun as a Shrewd entrepreneur making money exploiting the need for Minorities in Hollywood films. Oh Yeah, And I can't leave out the (obviously) caucasian dude who thinks he passes for being asian because his mother was asian. He even crusades for the rights of all exploited asian americans,.... including himself. There is even a familiar sounding Voice (Think Classic Sci-Fi) as one of the Dubbed Voices in a classic Kung Fu clip earlier in the film. I probably should've given this movie a 5 star Rating but it felt too short, perhaps partly due to the way it ended. It's around 80 minutes or so long and I think a bit of that may have been credits as well. It definitely left me wanting more, BUT the movie time it did have was Excellent. Thumbs Up.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious! Lin is a genius! March 14, 2009
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Very funny movie on several levels. Looks at discrimination, which is very real and hurtful, and by laughing at it helps diffuse the hurt. Even the most unlikeable characters become real, and likeable. Finishing the Game is a great watch with a group of friends, and even better the second time. I nearly fell off my chair laughing a few times, but look for the subtleties as well. Goes far deeper than one might think, but is a lot of fun on every level.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than Spinal Tap January 22, 2009
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I stumbled across this gem on cable tv, halfway through. Watched ten minutes & thought, if this is as good as it seems to be, just gotta watch this from the beginning. Think Spinal Tap--but with the plot involving finishing a Bruce Lee movie.
I have now actually bought this film!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars You're gonna need some weed June 13, 2013
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Watched this movie a long time ago and thought it was very funny. But that must've been the weed talking. Don't be sober and watch this movie. You'll regret it.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars MocFu Lacks Punch July 22, 2008
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As much as I wanted to really like this movie, and as much as I admire the attempt to capture a seventies art-direction feel in the film, this mockumentary lacks punch. The casting director is really the main character here (shared with the couple having problems figuring out their actor/manager relationship) and she fails to deliver more than cliche. A few mildly good scenes (and I liked the Aussie-Bruce who bails on the production) do not a movie make. Character arcs do not satisfy and the movie just ends with a thud (with a cameo by Bottoms.) A better cinema-mocku is "And God Spoke" which has deft satire about the film making process.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars I had moderate hope
I wanted to like this movie because the previews for it looked funny. But, eh. It had some Asian actors in it that I liked but they couldn't save the movie.
Published 15 months ago by Lorilei Espinola
5.0 out of 5 stars Pleased
Just the way I like it! May not be a long review but my time is like others is precious. Thanks just the same.
Published on January 31, 2012 by Mitch
5.0 out of 5 stars Very funny.
Very funny. Another reviewer wrote, "Even the most unlikeable characters become real, and likeable". There's a good naturedness here, perhaps it's necessary for a comedy like this. Read more
Published on April 29, 2011 by King of Controversy
4.0 out of 5 stars Fake documentary style parodying the 70s!
This is a fictional comical 70's documentary style movie to find the next Bruce Lee. It makes fun of plenty of things from the era. Read more
Published on October 29, 2010 by Jeff Johnson
2.0 out of 5 stars Just OK
I kept waiting for this movie to become funny, but it never did. It had potential, but it never developed. Mildly entertaining, but not funny.
Published on February 2, 2010 by Jill Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like comedy, you must see this!
This is one of the funniest films I have seen in a long time. Well written, well-paced and hilarious performances. If you like the comedy genre, you will love this! Read more
Published on December 9, 2009 by JLPark
2.0 out of 5 stars Barely a funny moment in the entire film
Done in the style of a 1970s mockumentary, "Finishing the Game" is based on the premise that, when Bruce Lee died in 1973 at the age of 32, he left behind twelve minutes of footage... Read more
Published on September 18, 2009 by Roland E. Zwick
1.0 out of 5 stars I want 84 minutes of my life back!
Yes, I want 84 minutes of my life back (the time it took to finish watching this sorry excuse for a movie). This movie is so stupid I'm not even kidding you. Very boring. Read more
Published on August 29, 2009 by Fox
3.0 out of 5 stars Amusing
Amusing mockumentary. The setup: Bruce Lee recorded 12 minutes of a new movie before dying. The studio wants to hire a double to finish the project. Read more
Published on August 19, 2009 by Alan Starr
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