Game of Death (partially found footage of incomplete first draft of film; 1972-1973)

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Still of Bruce Lee from the film.

Status: Partially Found

After the success of Way of the Dragon (1972), Bruce Lee started work on his fourth film with Golden Harvest titled Game of Death. This would've been the second film Bruce Lee directed and the last film he would work on before his death in 1973. After his death, director of Enter the Dragon Robert Clouse was tasked with finishing Game of Death. Clouse alongside film producer Raymond Chow rewrote the film and released the film in 1978.

Cast

Here's the list of all the cast members who have filmed appearances.

• Bruce Lee

• James Tien

• Chieh Yuan

• Dan Inosanto

• Ji Han-jae

• Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Original Plot

It is unknown what the confirmed plot was, the plot most film historians agree on is: "Hai Tien is a retired undefeated fighter who goes on a tour of Asia with his sister and younger brother. After the plane has landed in Korea, Hai is told someone wants to speak to him on one of the payphones. When Hai answers the phone, a stern voice is heard informing Hai that his siblings have been kidnapped and he needs to enter a car waiting for him outside of the airport. After Hai enters the car he is taken to a fancy house, upon entering the house Hai and five other martial artists are given a mission briefing in which a man is talking to them about a temple with 5-6 floors (the exact number is unknown) with each having one highly skilled martial artist guarding a sought after treasure."[1]

"Log Scene"

There is a confirmed scene in which Chieh Yuan's character and Dan Inosanto's character fight each other before James Tien's character and Bruce Lee's character arrive. This is known as the "Log Scene" because Chieh Yuan's character is wielding a log during the fight. This scene is reportedly lost with the only known prints of the scene being in Director Stephen Tong and Dan Inosanto's possession.

Availability

It is believed Bruce Lee completed about 100 minutes before his death, but around 30 minutes has been released to the public and a number of production photos have resurfaced throughout the years.

Gallery

39 minutes of footage from the first draft of Game of Death.

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