Game of Death (partially found footage of incomplete first draft of film; 1972-1973)
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.
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
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."
"List of Fighters For Each Floor"
Here's a list of the fighters for each floor of the temple and their filming status.
•Ground Level: 10 Karate black belts (Leader played by either Bolo Yueng or Sonny Chiba) Status: Possibly Filmed
•Floor 1: Kickmaster (most likely played by Hwang In-shik) Status: Most likely Flilmed
•Floor 2: Gung Fu/Praying Mantis Fighter (actor was never chosen, although Bruce wanted martial artist Taky Kimura to play the role) Status: Never Filmed
•Floor 3: Eskirma/Nunchaku Fighter (Played by Dan Inosanto) Status: Filmed (Partially Found)
•Floor 4: Hapkido Fighter (Played by Ji Han-Jae) Status: Filmed
•Floor 5: "Mantis" (Played by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) Status: Filmed
•Floor 6: "Treasure Room" Status: Never Filmed
(Note: Please take this list with a grain of salt since not a lot is known about some of these floors.)
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.
It is believed Bruce Lee filmed a little over 100 minutes of raw footage before his death, but around 30 minutes of edited footage and some outtakes have been released to the public and a number of production photos have resurfaced throughout the years. It is unknown if any of the raw footage (besides the 30 minutes mentioned above) is usable footage or just outtakes.
- 39 minutes of footage from the first draft of Game of Death. Retrieved 28 Jan '20
- Wikipedia page on Game of Death. Retrieved 11 Aug '19
- Lair of Lost Films page on the partially completed version of Game of Death. Retrieved 11 Aug '19
- Page about the unknown truth about Game of Death. Retrieved 11 Aug '19