W. LEE | poconos | 04/29/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is one of the films I covered in my master's thesis on Bruce Lee clones. Absolutely one of the funniest shlock jobs ever done. Bad music, bad dubbing, bad acting. Also, the "star" spends so much time wearing sunglasses and rubbing his nose a-la Bruce Lee, it's hard to believe he had time to learn the unforgetable and yet totally forgetable dialog. I ordered this especially for the laugh value, because it has no martial arts value whatsoever. My favorite line is the young american gangster who tells Alice to put "a drug in his (bruce's) drink". To make him" sleep for three days...it's medicine.." Uh, yeah. This film is medicine too. If one is feeling down and blue, watching this film makes you realize you are four steps ahead of the idiots who contrived this garbage. All the cliched stereotypes are there, and if Bruce's wife "Alice" had any more emotion, she'd closely resemble a plastic bag. That being said...the laughs are worth the price of purchase."
Bruce Lo: True Game of Death???
Decatur Redd | Decatur,GA | 04/01/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"OK...now I'd been anticipatin' the re-release of The True Game of Death(a childhood favorite and the 1st "Bruce Lee" flick I'd ever seen since being introduced to the Bruce Lee craze by a childhood friend) for years. And having LOVED what i saw as a kid, I went berzerk when i found out via CD Now in February 2005 that it was being re-released only a week before my last birthday...so it was a must have for me. When my order for TGOD finally came in today, I watched it for the 1st time in about 20 years, and while I'm celebrating the walk down memory lane, watching this movie as an adult and with an adult understanding of Bruce Lee & Bruceploitation flicks, I noticed the poor dubbing, grainy picture, rough sound, the inclusion of filler snippets from some of Bruce Lee's other movies, and the bad acting. And on top of that, I'm just now realizing that what we have here is a low-budget, independently released version of the 20th Century FOX Game of Death, in that the fight sequences are almost identical to some of those in the 20th Century[BUTCHERING] of Bruce Lee's Game of Death. However, the film's plusses are: the fight scenes, Bruce Lee's original pagoda concept is used somewhat(though considerably shorter than Lee had intended and slightly different),Bruce Lee clips are used in thought sequences rather than spliced in with lookalike fight sequences, and the fact that Hsiao Lung actually bears more of a resemblance to Bruce Lee than many of the other lookalikes. Unfortunately, like the 20th Century release, this version exploits Bruce Lee's life and death and is full of Mafia/Triad conspiracy theory(ie, crime bosses threaten Hsiao Lung and his girlfriend Alice, he refuses to sign with a syndicate's film company, they force Alice to "poison" his coffee, he fakes his death, and takes revenge on the syndicate boss "George"). Equally as important, considering that the previous dvd release of this same film implies that Bruce Lee & Bruce LI are the stars...the star of the film is clearly NOT Ho Chung Dao(bka Bruce Li, Lee Shao Lung), but another talented, yet underrated, lookalike credited this time around as Hsiao Lung...but whom I believe to be Bruce Lo(based on footage I'd seen on a Bruce Lee documentary). Regardless, the film is a keeper for hardcore Bruceploitation fans...but it would've been better if it were released in WIDESCREEN, remastered, and re-dubbed. If TGODeath doesn't float your boat, I strongly recommend Goodbye Bruce Lee: His Last Game of Death(Bruce Li) and Game of Death 2(Tong Lung0 because they're truer to Bruce Lee's vision and philosophy for GODeath than the 20 th Century version and the TrueGODeath. Holla..."