Robert Clouse

Game of Death

Game of Death

Released five years after Bruce Lee’s death, this eccentrically entertaining kung-fu curio combines footage from an unfinished project directed by and starring Lee with original material shot by Enter the Dragon director Robert Clouse to create an entirely new work that testifies to the actor’s enduring place in the pop-culture imagination. Using stand-ins, doubles, and archival footage to compensate for Lee’s absence, Game of Death follows a martial-arts movie star who, when he is threatened by a cutthroat crime syndicate intent on controlling his career, must take his skills from the soundstage to the streets. It all builds to an exhilarating climax that is pure Lee: a tour de force of martial-arts mastery in which the legend himself, clad in an iconic yellow jumpsuit, fights his way up a multilevel pagoda, with the towering Kareem Abdul-Jabbar among his formidable opponents.

Film Info

  • Hong Kong
  • 1978
  • 101 minutes
  • Color
  • 2.35:1
  • English

Available In

Collector's Set

Bruce Lee: His Greatest Hits

Bruce Lee: His Greatest Hits

Blu-ray Box Set

7 Discs


Game of Death
Bruce Lee
Billy Lo
Tong Lung
Billy Lo
Yuen Biao
Billy Lo
Colleen Camp
Ann Morris
Gig Young
Jim Marshall
Dean Jagger
Dr. Land
Hugh O’Brian
Robert Wall
Carl Miller
Mel Novak
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Dan Inosanto
Robert Clouse
Director (uncredited)
Bruce Lee
Produced by
Raymond Chow
Written by
Robert Clouse
Cinematography by
Godfrey A. Godar
Cinematography by
Tadashi Nishimoto
Music composed and conducted by
John Barry
Edited by
Alan Pattillo
Action director
Sammo Hung
Action director
Bruce Lee


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