1981 • Hong Kong • Directed by Ng See-Yuen
When 1978’s Game of Death became a worldwide phenomenon five years after the death of its star, Golden Harvest set about devising one final star vehicle for Bruce Lee, using more rare footage found in the studio vaults. The result may be the wildest, weirdest and most flat-out entertaining example of the ‘Bruceploitation’ genre that thrived in the years since Lee’s death: Game of Death II.
When his friend Chin Ko (Hwang Jang-lee, Drunken Master) dies under mysterious circumstances, Billy Lo (Lee) suspects his life may be in danger next. After tragedy strikes once more, Billy’s brother Bobby (Kim Tai-chung, Game of Death) is drawn into the ensuing investigation, which involves a secluded Korean temple run by martial arts madmen, underneath which is rumoured to be an underground fortress known as the Tower of Death. Soon, Bobby will need to use all the skills his brother has taught him in order to survive!
From the makers of fan faves Drunken Master and Snake in the Eagle’s Shadow – including fight choreographer Yuen Woo-ping, later to help bring martial arts cinema to international prominence with his work on The Matrix and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon – Game of Death II is an unpredictable cut-and-paste gonzo thrill ride, as well as a representation of the wild directions the kung fu genre headed in after Lee’s death.