Game of Death II (1980)

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Game of Death II (1980) Poster

After Billy Lo is killed while seeking the murderers of his friend, his brother Bobby goes all out to bring the perpetrators to justice.


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1 November 2006 | stupid_fresh
8
| A solid martial arts film from the early 80s...
...just forget about it being a Bruce Lee film! Honestly, it's pretty good. I don't know why people slate this film, it's no better or worse than something like Shaolin Iron Claws (also starring Hwang Jang Lee), or many other martial arts films from the late 70a and early 80s.

Unfortunately, as this was planned as a 'tribute to' (read 'another way to get money out of the image of') Bruce Lee, it's what it's mainly remembered as. I would argue that there are some rather good sequences in this film - Roy Haron's fight scenes, for example, or the end sequence (which is pretty enjoyable in a James Bond type of way).

And, to be honest, the footage is interpolated a HELL of a lot better than that P.O.S. 'Game Of Death' film that came first, which is just laughable. Damn, that film was bad. This film, in comparison, is reasonably good natured, and at least moves on from the Bruce Lee footage (none of which features any original Bruce Lee fighting at all!) quite early, leaving the audience to get on with a 'proper film', rather than playing spot the edits with the original Bruce Lee footage and the stand in.

I must apologise for all the 'inverted commas' in this review! Anyway, it's better than the first Game Of Death, Hwang Jang Lee is well worth watching (as always) and Roy Haron is wicked.


Did You Know?

Trivia

Bruce Lee had filmed over 30 minutes of fight scenes for Game of Death (1978) when work was suspended to allow Lee to work on Enter the Dragon (1973). However, Lee died before he could return. Six years later, director Robert Clouse fleshed out a feature around the original footage with a new cast, including two stand-ins for Lee. After the success of Game of Death in Japan, there was high demand for a new Bruce Lee movie there. As a result, much of the movie is filmed in and takes place in Japan.


Quotes

Tower Of Death guard: Hey! Who are you?
Bobby Lo: Me? Jack the Ripper.


Goofs

The lion fighting Bobby Lo is a laughable fake.


Alternate Versions

A third cut of the film exists, but it is extremely rare. It is the official South Korean print of the film which uses more footage of Korean actors Kim Tai Jong (Lee Chen Chiang/Lee Chen Kuo) and Hwang Jang Lee (Chin Ku), including an extended sword form demonstration with Hwang's character. This cut also downplays the Bruce Lee angle as most of the stock footage featuring Lee has been cut out. Outside of theatrical release, the only confirmed home release of this cut is an old full screen South Korean VHS release. Despite the rarity of the full film, the opening 7+ minutes are available for viewing on YouTube under the title "Tower of Death Korean Version". Whether or not the original widescreen film sources still exist is unknown.


Soundtracks

Dancer
Performed by Gino Soccio
(Only in Cantonese/Mandarin versions)

Storyline

Plot Summary


Genres

Action | Crime | Mystery

Details

Release Date:

March 1980

Language

Korean, Cantonese


Country of Origin

Hong Kong, South Korea

Filming Locations

Hong Kong, China

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