Game of Death Pagoda sets?

Game of Death Pagoda sets?

Joined: April 17th, 2018, 4:06 pm

May 3rd, 2018, 3:19 pm #1

I've always been fascinated with the Game of Death pagoda sets. Can anyone give me an info on designer, and much input did Bruce have on the matter?
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Joined: July 16th, 2003, 11:43 am

May 3rd, 2018, 10:50 pm #2

Good question and welcome to the forum. Bruce input would have been huge because he was involved in every part of his own production just like in WAY which he wrote, produced and directed. No doubt the same Concord crew would have been working on this project such as assistant director Ricky Chik and cameraman Tadashi Nishimoto who was planning on going to South Korea to start preliminary shooting in August 1973. Unfortunately not much else is known because any set designs or writings about the floor sets haven't been seen or released.
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May 8th, 2018, 3:57 pm #3

Thank you so much for responding to my question. I have a general idea about Bruce's others films, where they were made and so forth. Most people come to me asking about Bruce, and I can pretty much answer most questions. The one question which crops up most is the circumstances of his death, what happened 20th July '73 ?, so I make it very clear. Some people are very disrespectful toward him, and I usually turn them around.  What was it that ignited your interest in Bruce. For myself, it was the Enter the Dragon movie trailer shown on local TV sometime toward the end of 1973, I was gripped and never let go!
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May 8th, 2018, 7:42 pm #4

Watching The Way of the Dragon as a 14 year old first got me into Bruce and that was the infamous UK butchered version ;) His death is suspicious - life insurances, neighbour reports of shouting, timeline discrepancies etc. George Lazenby said that Bruce complained of having a bad headache at around lunchtime on 20 July so whatever caused it i.e. the stuff he ingested at Golden Harvest could be the key to his death.
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May 10th, 2018, 2:48 pm #5

I saw the German version of Way of the Dragon on 8mm way back in 1980, there were a few cuts but not as severe as the UK butchered version I saw a few years later. Now we can see everything on all his films on DVD and blu-ray, with the slight exception of Big Boss, a few things missing there. I was fortunate to see Fist of Fury, Way of the Dragon and Enter the Dragon uncut on midnight shows at a Hong Kong cinema on consecutive nights in 1993. They were all in Cantonese, and Enter the Dragon featured the Chinese credit sequence which I'm sure most of us have seen by now. I've spoken to people in Hong Kong who were clear his death was murder. Then you get the verdict which says otherwise. I've read a detailed medical report which makes for grim reading. You've probably seen it.
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Joined: September 12th, 2011, 9:14 pm

May 10th, 2018, 6:59 pm #6

Pathfinder73: I now, after all these years, believe the headache on the day of his death is something fabricated, and circulated by those allegedly around him on that day... It's too convenient; GH people, Betty, Lazenby... All of them on one accord. Unicorn said Lee NEVER mentioned anything about headaches to him, Linda never spoke of he getting them... Something's terribly fishy. Whatever trama caused cerebral edema could always coincide with "he was getting headaches" stories.
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Joined: January 24th, 2018, 5:04 am

May 10th, 2018, 11:06 pm #7

I also believe that Raymond Chow tried to protect himself with the fabrication of Bruce receiving knocks to the head in his on-screen fights. It should be mentioned more that Lo Wei's Sun Yee On and Chan Wai-Man's 14K were rivals, yet Bruce failed to use this to his advantage. The Sing Hoi film company, who he wanted to sue, were said to be an extension of the 14K.
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May 12th, 2018, 3:41 pm #8

And,  Hai_Tien, Chan Wai Man's film career took off exactly around the time after Bruce Died.
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May 12th, 2018, 3:48 pm #9

That reminds me of a story that I had heard: a producer issued a challenge - anyone who could beat Bruce would get a movie contract.
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June 3rd, 2018, 3:47 pm #10

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I've always been fascinated with the Game of Death pagoda sets. Can anyone give me an info on designer, and much input did Bruce have on the matter?
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There were two floors used total. Giving the impression that multiple floors existed when decorated differently, as well as varying camera angles. I have been saying this for twenty years so that you guys new that more footage existed, but many have sadly interpreted the additional floors as literal, meaning a Pagoda with multilevel floors that they go into. This was never the case. The sets were used to give an impression, the footage was filmed in a studio. Just like in Hollywood. What changed was Lee's ideas of Korea and Japan, he couldn't underline what he wanted so the concept of so and so flying here to shoot some footage, as well as in Japan essentially threw everyone off as to what he wanted to do in terms of location, and storyline. The fighting was the easy part, he had a plethora to choose from. The final product had nothing to do with Korea. It was more of a concept circled around Han's island in ENTER, where UCC laws, as well as established governmental laws were not enforced. This was anything could happen. Understand that his ideas were incorporated into other films who were well aware of the original stroyline, like Force Five starring Joe Lewis. That was the closest thing to Lee's GAME that you will ever see or even realize. More footage of Lee's GAME of course exists, but like I have been saying, unearthing that footage sets you against the giants in the business world, and insurance companies that paid out a lot of money begin questioning certain time frames, and Linda, Chow, and even Warner, are not stupid.

- Little Saint
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