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Finishing the Game

3.6 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews

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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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Product Details

  • 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.)
  • Number of discs: 1
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  • Studio: Genius Products (TVN)
  • DVD Release Date: May 20, 2008
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
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  • ASIN: B0013D8LB8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #112,844 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Finishing the Game" on IMDb

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By Maimounah Masudi on April 7, 2008
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 for a movie entitled "The Game of Death." Determined to bring Lee's final dream to fruition, a group of dedicated filmmakers set out to find a replacement for the star in the hopes of finishing the project. "Finishing the Game" is a fictionalized account of that search (the actual movie was released in 1978).

Unfortunately, beyond its spot-on `70s fashions and hairstyles, oh-so-groovy soundtrack and overall air of genial good-naturedness, "Finishing the Game" offers little of quality for anyone craving a good behind-the-scenes movie parody. Lacking both polish and finesse, the movie represents a major comedown for director Justin Lee after his stunning triumph with "Better Luck Tomorrow" a few years back. The half-hearted Josh Diamond screenplay scarcely makes an effort at being funny, and the concept itself is simply too thin to be successfully stretched out over even a relatively meager 84-minute-long running time.

Barely flash-in-the-pan cameo appearances by the likes of James Franco, MC Hammer and Ron Jeremy do little to support an otherwise likable cast. And there isn't even any decent martial arts action to make the movie much fun for fans of the genre being satirized.
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