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The Game of Death II

3.1 out of 5 stars 38 customer reviews

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After his brother's death, Billy seeks revenge and makes his way to the Seven Star Tower, where he must win seven fights against undefeated martial arts experts. Features footage of the great Bruce Lee filmed before his death. Product Details Number of Discs: 1 Rating: Not Rated Region: Region 1 UPC: 024543115595 Additional Details Format: DVD Region Code: Region 1 Credits Director: Corey Yuen Leading Role: Bruce Li

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Product Details

  • Actors: Bruce Lee, Tae-jeong Kim, Jang Lee Hwang, Roy Horan, Roy Chiao
  • Directors: Corey Yuen, Sammo Kam-Bo Hung, See-Yuen Ng
  • Writers: Chuo-Lun Ting, Tin Shing Hoh
  • Producers: Andre Morgan, Kuen Cheung, Raymond Chow
  • Format: Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: May 25, 2004
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001NBMLM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #136,759 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Game of Death II" on IMDb

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Okay, this one is unusual, due to some very heavy editing. First of all, I must respectfully point out that the below reviewer isn't talking about this flick, New Game of Death. He's talking about an entirely different movie: Tower of Death, aka Game of Death 2. That movie is an indirect sequel to the 1978, Robert Clouse-directed Game of Death. This movie, however, is something else. Like most kung-fu movies, it is known by another name: Goodbye Bruce Lee. But here it has been edited and changed around. Goodbye Bruce Lee was a psuedo-documentary in which Bruce Li was introduced as the man who would complete Bruce Lee's unfinished movie Game of Death. There was even a short interview with Kareem Abdul Jabbar at the beginning, as well as some shots of Li working the high-bar, giving us a peek at his acrobatic skills. Then, mid-course through this documentary, a "movie" began, in which Li fought some crooks and eventually rescues his fiancee, who is held in a martial artist-filled pagoda. This edit of Goodbye Bruce Lee features all of that, save for the Jabbar interview and the original narration, which have both been removed. Now it is made to resemble just a regular movie, and not a documentary at all. However the editing has left it very odd. For example, it still begins with Li working the high-bar. But instead of narration explaining who this man is, the theme music (a very Blaxploitation sounding song called "King of Kung Fu") plays relentlessly, and there is no dialog. Then Li is taken to a producer's office, where he's told that he's been chosen to complete Bruce Lee's movie Game of Death. Li agrees, and the producers have him and his girlfriend sit down in a projection room, so they can show him "the portion of the movie that Bruce finished.Read more ›
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Game of Death II (aka Tower of Death) is a dichotomy of a film. It is a Bruceploitation film (though it is one of the better ones) and it is an exiting revenge flick. Raymond Chow had apparently not made enough money off of the insipid Game of Death and was slowly leaking "newly found" footage of Bruce so it was bound that he would create another film with spliced in footage, redubbed dialog and, of course, Bruce's namesake. A lot of people were using Lee's name to promote their own productions, but Golden Harvest (who Bruce worked for; though technically this was a Seasonal production) was the worst of these offenders.

The first act of the movie is the least interesting and worst part of the film. Bruce Lee stars (posthumously edited in) as Billy Lo (Bruce Lee) who visits his friend Chin Ku (Hwang Jang Lee) who is currently beating up an under-classed challenger. After an reestablishment of friendship between the two (never a good sign in a Kung Fu film), he visits an abbot (Roy Chiao revisiting his role from Enter the Dragon so they can reuse and redub footage) to discuss about his contumacious brother Bobby Lo (Tong Lung who also starred in Game of Death).

Of course, the scenes that compromise the first act are not only exploitative of Bruce Lee they are also poorly done. The most obvious is that the backgrounds do not match between Bruce's footage and the new footage. Also check out the sculpted back muscles of Bruce and compare them to his double. It is not even close. The fight scenes with Bruce (and his double) do not flow well. However, anytime you see a fight scene and that Bruce (or his double) does a difficult move such as a flip you will notice that it is the incomparable Yuen Biao (he even has a small role toward the beginning.
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Format: DVD
This film stands with a rare distiction in my collection; it is quite probably the only film ever that I actually prefer watching dubbed, despite my dogmatic preference for subtitles. However, this has nothing to do with the quality of the dub; in fact, it is very much the lack of it.

Game of Death II, or Tower of Death as it is known in the orient (the original language version makes no connection with Game of Death) is by no means a good film. However, it is an immensely entertaining one, despite of, or possibly because of it's incompetence. Between the genuinely well-choreographed fighting scenes (by none other than Yuen-Woo Ping, the man who would later gain fame through his work in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and the Matrix films - with generous amount of help from Sammo Hung, who performed the same task in Game of Death and even Enter the Dragon), there is something appalling to gawk at, whether it's the token caucasian actor's hilarious characteristics, the casual disregard to Bruce Lee's memory or the paperthin plot itself. Tong Lung plays the brother of Bruce Lee's character, named Bobby Lo in the dub, but we do not see him until the 40 minute mark...except that we do. Tong Lung DOES play the main character through the entire film, it's just that he does it as Bruce Lee's body double through the first half of the film and then switches to the Bobby Lo character after Bruce Lee's character is unceremoniously killed off. Confused yet?

Yuen-Woo Ping is not the only big name in the martial arts film world to be involved in the production of this either.
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