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Temple Of The Unknown: The Game Of Death Appreciation Thread

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Hi @Drunksnake, you want to read the thread below, if you havent done already?.

 

 

 

Thanks for this Dragonclaws! Was an interesting read, I’m gonna try those links tomorrow when I’m on a better device! Top man

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18/ There were rumours that Bruce filmed the first floor fight against Whang-In-Sikh (aka Hwang In-Shik) but why are there no pictures of it ? Did you see any pictures of it ?

DT: This is strange and according to Dan Inosanto, they did film more things and remebers Sikh flying in to do work, but who really knows. There is a search going on right now by a certain someone I know who is searching for other GOD footage. Lets hope and see. Bruce also sent some really rare pictures to Taky and Inosanto from the filming of GOD in where his is fighting Kareem, etc. The reason for this was, Bruce wanted to show Inosanto and Taky what he was doing before they came and shot their own scenes. Some of the pix are strange though and very rare. I am trying to piece it together, but I will say that a lot of those pix had some New Territories stuff going on.

Source- https://www.tapatalk.com/groups/bruceleelivestributeforum/q-a-with-david-tadman-dt-t705.html

 

When David Tadman refer's to Dan Inosanto recalling Whang In-Shik flying in. For the making of the Game of Death in 1972. I guess he's talking about the exterior shoot  featuring the Korean kicking sensation?.

 

 

Whang In-Shik with an unknown Hong Kong stuntman,  filming exterior footage in the New Territories for  Game of Death-1972.

 

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This vintage promotional movie was filmed sometime during 1972. The very same year Grandmaster Ji Han-Jae was working on Game of Death, Hap Ki Do and Unicorn Fist. He would later appear as Master Sheng, in the 1975 John Woo Directed/Scripted Dragon Tamer's.

 

 

 

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Fiaz Rafiq: There is some footage of Dan Inosanto fighting outside of the pogoda - among other outtakes - can you shed some light on this intriguing footage that never originally made to the film, which was eventually completed some year's after Bruce’s death?.

 

Andre Morgan: Yeah, I knew very much about this because I ultimately ended up producing the final version of what became Game of Death. The problem was very simple: We didn’t have enough footage with Bruce Lee in it that would allow us to tie those scenes together. And after talking to the distributors and exhibitors around the world, we gave those distributors the option of releasing the footage in the form of a documentary or in the form of a re-worked story using the footage that existed. The collective wisdom back then, 30 years ago, was that the audience of the world would prefer to see the footage that existed in the context of a story and not see it as documentary footage.

Now in fairness to the distributors and exhibitors of the 1970's, I don't think anybody at that time realized what a cult figure Bruce Lee was destined to become. these were the early days immediately after his death, and before he managed to become part of the youth culture around the world. It was over a period of twenty years since his death in 1973, that all the myths and stories that grew up about him that allowed people to look back and wonder whether we made the decision at the time. I can assure you as one of the people involved in the decision-making process, that the consensus from the theatrical distributors at the time was: please try and complete this as a full-length film feature film and not part of a documentary footage. So, when you try and construct a story and you don’t have the leading man available to tie the story together, you have to make some choices on which footage you can use and which you can’t use.

 

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1 hour ago, DragonClaws said:

 

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Fiaz Rafiq: There is some footage of Dan Inosanto fighting outside of the pogoda - among other outtakes - can you shed some light on this intriguing footage that never originally made to the film, which was eventually completed some year's after Bruce’s death?.

 

Andre Morgan: Yeah, I knew very much about this because I ultimately ended up producing the final version of what became Game of Death. The problem was very simple: We didn’t have enough footage with Bruce Lee in it that would allow us to tie those scenes together. And after talking to the distributors and exhibitors around the world, we gave those distributors the option of releasing the footage in the form of a documentary or in the form of a re-worked story using the footage that existed. The collective wisdom back then, 30 years ago, was that the audience of the world would prefer to see the footage that existed in the context of a story ad not see it as documentary footage.

Now in fairness to the distributors and exhibitors of the 1970's, I don't think anybody at that time realized what a cult figure Bruce Lee was destined to become. these were the early days immediately after his death, and before he managed to become part of the youth culture around the world. It was over a period of twenty years since his death in 1973, that all the myths and stories that grew up about him that allowed people to look back and wonder whether we made the decision at the time. I can assure you as one of the people involved in the decision-making process, that the consensus from the theatrical distributors at the time as: please try and complete this as a full-length film feature fil and not part of a documentary footage. So, when you try and construct a story and you don’t have the leading man available to tie the story together, you have to make some choices on which footage you can use and which you can’t use.

 

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Love to see all this outdoor footage even though Bruce may or may not be in it.I think I read somewhere that Dan Inosanto had some of it in his own private collection along with the log scene but this is becoming like the holy grail that the pagoda footage once was.

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Love to see all this outdoor footage even though Bruce may or may not be in it.I think I read somewhere that Dan Inosanto had some of it in his own private collection along with the log scene but this is becoming like the holy grail that the pagoda footage once was. - @sym8

 

It wouldnt be a suprise if Mr Insoanto owns copies of the exterior film, at least his appearances. The production team clearly thought the pogoda footage was the easiest to sell, and perhaps most importantly the easiest to place into a new story. Fan's had also seen many images of BL in the now well known black and yellow get up.  The exterior photo shoots were still often being passed off as miscellaneous images. Did G.O.D 2 originally get cooked up to sell the the remaining footage?, in a new movie?. Golden Harvest appeared to put a line under Bruce Lee, once the G.O.D 2 had finished its run. It would be almost twenty years before John Little attempted to release the extended pogoda footage. I did hear that Raymond Chow offered the footage to Warner Brothers in 1993, for use in their Curse of The Dragon ducuemntary. Only they didnt have enough money in the budget to cover his asking fee?.

 

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I cut footage from Game of Death to a 1978 UK Radio spot to magically create a mini-trailer for all you Bruce Lee die-hards out there. A companion piece to the Fist of Fury/Way of the Dragon Double Bill Trailer. - Josh Baker

 

 

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