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The Half-Finished ‘Game of Death’ Was Scraped Together After Bruce Lee’s Death
2024/04/11

Bruce Lee's Legacy: The Impact of "Game of Death"

Before the kung-fu craze of the 1970s took the world by storm, Bruce Lee was training under the guidance of the renowned martial-arts master Ip Man. He transcended the boundaries of athlete and performer, carving out a niche for himself that was truly unlike anything seen before or since. Lee rose to stardom through iconic roles in martial arts films like Fists of Fury and Enter the Dragon, solidifying his status as a legendary figure in both Hong Kong and Hollywood cinema. However, tragedy struck the industry when Lee unexpectedly passed away in 1973, just days before the premiere of Enter the Dragon in Hong Kong. This left behind a gaping hole in the industry and a final unfinished masterpiece known as Game of Death.

"Game of Death" was initially in production until Lee was offered a role in the Warner Bros. blockbuster "Enter the Dragon". This move marked a significant shift in the industry, with major Hollywood studios venturing into the world of kung-fu cinema. Despite Lee's untimely passing, the production of "Game of Death" was swiftly resumed to capitalize on the ongoing kung-fu trend. This led to the emergence of a new sub-genre known as "Brucesploitation," inspired by Lee's unique style and persona.

The completion of "Game of Death" was no easy feat, as director Robert Clouse faced the daunting task of finishing the film without Lee's physical presence.

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