Game of Death II

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Tower of Death
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UK cover for the H.K.L DVD containing the original theatrical release.
Traditional 死亡塔
Simplified 死亡塔
Mandarin Sǐwáng Tǎ
Cantonese Sei2 Mong4 Taap3
Directed by See-Yuen Ng
Produced by Raymond Chow
Written by Ting Chak-luen
Ho Ting-sing
Starring Bruce Lee
Tong Lung
Huong Cheng Li
Roy Chiao
To Wai Wo
Lee Hoi San
Music by Frankie Chan
Cinematography Leung Hei-man
Cheung Hoi
Danny Lee Yau-tong
Hoh Tin-shing
Edited by Peter Cheung
Distributed by Golden Harvest
Release dates
  • 21 March 1981 (1981-03-21)
Running time 86 minutes
Country Hong Kong
Language Cantonese
Box office HK$1,950,391

Game of Death II (Chinese: 死亡塔, aka Tower of Death and The New Game of Death) is a 1981 Hong Kong martial arts film directed by Ng See-yuen starring Bruce Lee, Tong Lung, Huong Cheng Li and Roy Horan. This film was marketed as a sequel to Bruce Lee's last and only partially completed film Game of Death. Bruce Lee died some years before the production of Game of Death II and most of his scenes are taken from Lee's older films; mostly from Enter the Dragon. Aside from the International English dub giving the "Bruce Lee" character the name "Billy Lo", this movie would seem to have no connection with Robert Clouse's film.[1]

Bruce Lee, famed martial arts star is murdered. His brother, Bobby goes to Korea, and in an underground pagoda finds his brother's killers and exacts revenge. After a recent amount of challenges, Billy Lo (Bruce Lee) and his friend Chin Ku (Huong Cheng Li) begin to suspect that someone wants them dead. Billy later visits his younger brother Bobby (Tong Lung), who is studying with Billy's former teacher, and leaves him a book on Jeet Kune Do. Chin is soon killed, and Billy goes to Japan to find his stepdaughter, May. May tells him that Chin had visited just before his death, and left a film for her. They are suddenly attacked, but Billy manages to escape with the film.

A few days later Billy attends Chin's funeral, where he is turned away from viewing the body. A helicopter arrives during the burial and steals the coffin away. Trying to prevent the theft, Billy is carried up with the casket but falls to his death. Bobby Lo is told of Billy's death by their father, who tells him to find a man named Sherman Lan and avenge his brother. Sherman gives him the film, which shows Chin Ku at the Palace of Death. The Palace of Death is run by a crazed martial arts expert by the name of Lewis (Roy Horan). Any challenger who fails to defeat Lewis is fed to his pack of lions. Bobby decides to meet Lewis, who is impressed with Bobby's abilities. While investigating the Palace, Bobby is attacked by a masked man. Then, He informs Lewis that someone is trying to kill him. Later that night, a woman is sent to Bobby's room to seduce and assassinate him. When she fails, one of Lewis' lions attacks Bobby. During the fight, the masked man appears and kills Lewis.

Suspecting Lewis' valet, Bobby seeks him out at the Fan Yu temple, where the underground Tower of Death is rumored to be. After defeating the valet, Bobby spies the secret entrance into the tower. Battling his way through the tower he eventually confronts the operator, Chin Ku. Chin is actually the head of a global drug trafficking organization and staged his own death to throw off Interpol investigators. He tried to frame Lewis for his death and arranged for the coffin to be stolen to prevent it from being searched. Realizing the only way to defeat Chin's sword skills is with Billy's Jeet Kune Do. Bobby manages to kill Chin and stop his drug operation.

Deleted scene[edit]

Deleted scenes are available on DVD in both the International and English version as a special feature in Hong Kong Legends. One particular scene in the Chinese version of Game of Death, directed by Sammo Hung, was intended for his Asian audiences. In the Chinese version, Hung replaced the action scene in the opera house with another scene from the glasshouse at night featuring Casanova Wong in his karate clothes. The new fight scene, particularly the flips between Tong Lung and Yuen Biao, is reminiscent of Bruce Lee's fighting style. [2][3]

Cast[edit]

Soundtracks[edit]

  • Dancer - Performed by Gino Soccio (Only in Cantonese/Mandarin versions)
  • Jealousy - Performed by Amii Stewart (Only in Korean theatrical cut)

DVD releases[edit]

Universe (Hong Kong)

  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen (2:35:1) letterboxed
  • Sound: Cantonese (Dolby Digital 5.1), Mandarin (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: Traditional, Simplified Chinese, English, Japanese, Indonesian, Malaysian, Thai, Korean, Vietnamese
  • Supplements: Stars' files, Trailer, Trailers for The Big Boss, Enter the Dragon, Game of Death and Legacy of Rage
  • All regions, NTSC

Fortune Star – Bruce Lee Ultimate DVD Collection (Hong Kong)

  • Released: 29 April 2004
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen (2:35:1) anamorphic
  • Sound: English (DTS 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: Traditional, Simplified Chinese, English
  • Supplements: Original trailer, New trailer, Celebrity interviews, Still photos, Slideshow of photos, Game of Death outtakes, Unseen footage, Enter the Dragon alternate opening credits, 32-page booklet
  • Region 3, NTSC

Fox (America)

  • Released: 25 May 2005
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen (2:35:1) anamorphic
  • Sound: English (DTS 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Supplements: Original trailer, New trailer, Bonus trailers
  • Region 1, NTSC

Fox – Bruce Lee Ultimate Collection (America)

  • Released: 18 October 2005
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen (2:35:1) anamorphic
  • Sound: English (DTS 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Supplements: Original trailer, New trailer, Game of Death outtakes, Bonus trailers, Still photos, Slideshow of photos
  • Region 1, NTSC

Hong Kong Legends (United Kingdom)

  • Released: 5 November 2001
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen (2:35:1) anamorphic
  • Sound: Cantonese (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Dutch
  • Supplements: Commentary by Bey Logan and Roy Horan, Original trailer, HKL promo trailer, Biography showcases, Bonus trailers, Interviews with actors Casanova Wong and Roy Horan, Deleted scenes (in English)
  • Regions 2/4, PAL

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Game of Death II". DVD Talk. Retrieved 4 February 2011. 
  2. ^ Game of Death, Bey Logan audio commentary (DVD featurette) (DVD). Hong Kong Legends, UK. 2001 [1978]. 
  3. ^ Game of Death II, Bey Logan and Roy Horan audio commentary (DVD featurette) (DVD). Hong Kong Legends, UK. 2001 [1979]. 

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