Game of Death Bruce Lee Film Review


As a huge fan of Bruce Lee, Game of Death was my least favorite film of his.  In my opinion, it would have been a better film if he was still alive.  The only part of the film that I would consider watching are the original footage that he shot before his death.

Besides that, I would not recommend this film to anyone that is a die-hard Bruce Lee fan.  All of the look-alikes and stunt doubles used in Game of Death cannot replace Bruce Lee’s presence as a martial artist that he brought to his character Billy Lo.

Bruce Lee started working on Game of Death back in 1972 but was offered a starring  role in Enter The Dragon, his most successful film to date that made him an international star.  

Unfortunately, he died before the film was released and unable to complete filming the Game of Death. While I watched the film, they used look-alikes to resemble Bruce Lee but it did not feel authentic to me. Many people need to understand that he was in a class by himself and nobody could compete on his level even to this day.  Jackie Chan and Jet Li are good at what they do, but Bruce Lee is considered the pioneer that helped showcase the way martial arts is demonstrated around the world today.

One scene that I strongly felt disrespected his legacy was when the film showed footage of Bruce Lee’s funeral in an open casket.  Even though his character did not die in the film, I still think he deserves the right to rest in peace.  That scene should have been taken out. Bruce Lee is considered a legend by many fans around the world and it needs to remain that way.  He devoted his entire life in teaching people about the impact that martial arts can have on an individual’s mind, body, and soul.  Martial arts can become a way of life for anyone willing to dedicate their time and effort into learning about the craft.

The best parts of the film appeared during the last fifteen minutes.  One scene is when Bruce Lee fights NBA Hall of Fame center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.  On screen, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is a giant standing at 7’2″ compared to Bruce Lee standing at 5’7.”  The fight scenes were beautifully done and looked authentic compared to the rest of the film.

Another memorable scene was when Bruce Lee fought Dan Inosanto.  Both Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Dan Inosanto were Bruce Lee’s students in real life.

kareem abdul jabbar


Bruce Lee and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in Game of Death (1978)


 In the film, actual footage of Bruce Lee starts off with him walking up the staircase with a green bamboo stick and sees Dan Inosanto with a pair of red bamboo sticks by his side ready to do battle.  Then, he pulls out red nunchakus while Bruce Lee unleashed a pair of yellow ones to match his trademark yellow and black jumpsuit in the film.




The Nunchaku: Bruce Lee vs. Danny Inosanto

 I thought the fight scenes were well executed and had plenty of action that kept me mesmerized.  It proves to everyone that Bruce Lee remains the greatest and most phenomenal martial artist that the world has ever seen.

Check out Bruce Lee’s original footage from the Game of Death:

The iconic nunchaku duel has become so popular that a Japanese kid reenacted the scene wearing Bruce Lee’s famous yellow and black jumpsuit with film playing in the background.

Check out the video below and leave your comments:

About wmckenzie95

I am passionate about travel and learning about other cultures. On my free time, I love to listen to music and watch movies. Some countries that I really want to visit are Japan and France.
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