Sat, 20 Jul 2013 13:00:00 GMT | By Norman Wilner
The movie legacy of Bruce Lee

Game of Death (1978)



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Fairly obviously patched together after Lee’s death – with a stunt double recruited to fill in for the writer-director-star in sequences he didn’t live to shoot – this is a Bruce Lee movie only in the broadest sense of the term. The original plot had Lee playing a marital artist fighting Korean hoods, but after Lee’s death, the story was restructured to focus on a movie star (Lee, mostly) who’s shot in the face; after extensive plastic surgery, and with the world thinking he’s dead, he sets out to pick off his enemies. It’s a mess, but what remains of the Lee footage offers glimpses of his charisma and martial-arts prowess that are almost enough to make it worth watching. Almost.

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