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Treatment 54 -The Game of Death

Oof! I think we just got the five-finger death-punch to the solar plexus!!

Every now and then a movie will totally blindside you. You go in thinking it’ll be a fun actioner, with tons of cool kung-fu. Instead, you get a morally bankrupt experiment in exploitation! And not in a good way!

The Game of Death

Yep, it’s Bruce Lee‘s final film. And by that we mean that Bruce Lee is in it for about 10 minutes. The rest of the time, he’s played by doubles of varying success (though mostly bad). They play his character in all but the final fight scene, save for a few short clips stolen from other films.

GAPE… at the sheer balls of the filmmakers, for using footage from Lee‘s actual funeral in the film!!!

PUZZLE… with Marc, Doug, and Matt over the exercise in opposites this film is, by managing to be complicated despite having nothing happen!!!

GAWK… at the absurdity of a syndicate boss with a penchant for deadly fish!!!

Netflix Instant has The Game of Death available to stream. You can also find the DVD, as well as the soundtrack, in our store. Any purchases from our store are from Amazon, but help to support the show. Speaking of which, we have a special sponsor for this episode!! Be sure to check out James Hong‘s new Christmas CD, Hong for the Holidays! And be sure to subscribe to the podcast on itunes to be ready for next week!

Your Next Treatment: We’re following up Bruce Lee‘s final film with the final film of his son. Yep! Be sure to watch Brandon Lee in The Crow for next time!