The director who almost co-directs ’72 GAME

LJF
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July 16th, 2016, 6:56 am #1

Many Bruce Lee’s fans are unaware that Bruce in fact, wanted a director to co-direct his ‘72 GAME. This director was Walter Chung Chang-Hwa (aka Jeong Chang Hwa or Cheng Chang Ho), a South Korean director (worked in early 70s HK industry) who become well known for his directorial work in “King Boxer” (starring Lo Lieh & Li Ching) - the first internationally successful HK Kung-Fu film just before Bruce Lee’s films broke into the U.S. and European markets.

During an interview in 2012, Walter Chung confirmed that Bruce indeed planned to invite him to co-direct GAME in 1972 but he missed the opportunity due to his hectic film schedule and his initial objection of filming another director’s incomplete movie. Before Bruce’s death in 1973, Bruce re-invited him to co-direct part of GAME in S.Korea. Everything was planned and Bruce had even discussed the GAME’s storyline, his ideas and shooting schedule with Walter Chung. Unfortunately, Bruce’s untimely passing shattered the filming plan of GAME and other future working opportunities.

Research shows that the above claims of Walter Chung’s are indeed genuine. Bruce told the HK reporters that he respected Walter Chung and admired his seriousness and professionalism in his high quality directorial works. Also, Bruce was impressed with his competency in creating great atmosphere and installing realism in his action movies.

According to Raymond Chow and HK press (Commercial Press dated 31st Jul ’73), Bruce admired Walter Chung’s “King Boxer” and said he would like to work with him in a movie if given an opportunity. Bruce made that statement while he was filming FOF. Subsequently, Bruce was going to shoot his directorial debut – WOTD. He initially wanted Walter Chung to help co-direct but coincidentally, Walter Chung had gone to S. Korea to make “The Devil’s Treasure” (starring Nora Miao, Hwang In-Shik and Sammo Hung) for a very long period of time. After Bruce completed his WOTD, Walter Chung had still yet to finish his shooting in overseas.

Then, Bruce began shooting his second self-written movie - GAME and half way through, Walter Chung returned to HK finally. Walter Chung showed Bruce the raw footage of his new film - “The Devil’s Treasure.” Bruce was impressed and commented that it had surpassed the highest standard of the HK Mandarin films. As Bruce was the script writer, director and main actor for GAME, he told Walter Chung that he felt quite exhausted after directing the first half of GAME and hoped Walter Chung could help to wrap up the other half of GAME which was intended to be filmed in S. Korea. Initially, Walter Chung felt that since Bruce had already shot GAME half way, then, it was really unnecessary for him to replace Bruce as the director (probably Walter Chung was worried about the coherence of the film).

Still, Bruce hoped to work with Walter Chung in an action film. But things changed as later on, Hollywood invited Bruce to make ETD. As it was far more an urgent task, Bruce thus, temporarily shelved his plan of cooperating with Walter Chung and halted his self-directed GAME half-way through. Bruce then started making ETD for Warner Bros.

Upon wrapping up ETD in April 1973, Bruce liaised with Walter Chung again about co-directing GAME in S.Korea. This time round, it seemed Walter Chung did not deny Bruce’s invitation. Also, by this time, Walter Chung had left Shaw Bros and joined Raymond Chow’s GH. It seemed like the chances of his collaboration with Bruce was very high. Bruce had also discussed with Walter Chung over the GAME’s script together for many times and had come to a ‘CONCLUSION’ for the movie. On the other hand, Walter Chung said he had even prepared a new script for Bruce.

It was called “Big Battle With The Black Panther.” He completed it in early July 1973. Bruce had gone through this script and was very satisfied with it. It was intended to film after GAME. Unfortunately, Bruce died shortly after that. So, “Big Battle With The Black Panther” was shelved permanently as Walter Chung thought it was very difficult to find someone to replace Bruce.

Due to their good relationship plus Bruce’s original intention to invite Walter Chung to co-direct the second half of GAME, thus, many HK people speculated that the job of the unfinished GAME would land on Walter Chung’s shoulder after Bruce’s death on 20th July 1973.

As for the stand-in for Bruce, the HK reporter thought that Hwang In-Shik might be a good choice. Hwang’s TKD fighting style bore some similarities to Bruce’s JKD kicks. Also, Bruce liked his kicking style and had paid great attention to this martial artist while he was alive. After inviting Hwang to play a villain in WOTD, Bruce and Hwang had become good friends and sparred with each other whenever they had a chance.

HK celebs felt that Hwang’s performance and expression in “The Devil Treasure” was very much influenced by Bruce, especially his pose, stance and expression before the fight.

After Bruce’s death, Walter Chung was interviewed by HKTVB (Source: HK Commercial Press dated 1st Aug 1973). He revealed some inside info that before Bruce’s passing, Bruce and him had been secretly discussing and preparing to finish the unfinished GAME as well as getting to shoot for a new movie. Unfortunately, Bruce passed away and it was a shame that the renowned action director had no more chance to work with the No. 1 HK action star.

Before his death, Bruce once expressed his deepest regret for not being able to work with Walter Chung much earlier. Never had one expected these words became reality.

So, it all seemed like the probable candidate for GAME’s director was initially Walter Chung before Raymond Chow finally decided to get ETD’s director, Robert Clouse to continue shooting the unfinished GAME in 1977, probably due to commercial and international market reasons.

Photos of Walter Chung Chang-Hwa: http://postimg.org/image/fiu4owzn5/

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July 16th, 2016, 6:58 am #2

Walter Chung Chang-Hwa (aka Jeong Chang Hwa, Cheng Chang Ho) was born in South Korea on 1st Nov 1928. He became well-known internationally when his directorial HK Kung Fu film, “King Boxer” first broke into the U.S. and European markets successfully before Bruce Lee’s films did the same a year later.

The HK audience called him Cheng Chang-Ho and treated him as a local Hong Kong director. Walter Chung was the name the international audience used to address him. He first started working in the S. Korea’s independent films arena with the financial support from his father who was a businessman. His full-directorial debut movie was "The Final Temptation," released in 1951. Between 1951 and 1968 he made nearly 40 films. None of his ensuing movies caught any particular attention until the release of “Sunny Fields” in 1960, an action film for which he experimented various editing techniques, short takes and multiple camera angles. Action would lead the rest of his career through crimes (“A Bonanza,” 1961), historical dramas (“Jang Hee Bin,” 1961; “The Story of Janghwa and Hongryun,” 1962), and war films (“Sunset on the Sarbin River,” 1965 ; one of Chung’s favorite).

His work, "A Horizon" won him “The Best Director” in S. Korea. During the 1960's he started collaborating with the HK film industry. He made "Deep In My Heart", produced by Lan Kwong Film Company in HK. In 1968 he joined Shaw Bros. Run Run Shaw signed him up after having been impressed by the location-shot HK chase scenes of “Special” (1968), and so, he became the only S. Korean director to have ever signed with the Shaw Bros.

Walter Chung then shot modern action pieces (starting with “Temptress of a Thousand Faces,” in 1969), something his HK counterparts were apparently incapable of. Also greatly inspired by Chinese history and literature, he started shooting a number of martial arts costume films, enjoying a successful partnership with actor, Lo Lieh. Ironically, it is him of all his fellow moviemakers at Shaw Bros who was to hit the U.S. and European movie market with the martial arts classics "King Boxer."

In “King Boxer,” Lo Lieh played a righteous hero, trying to protect another hero's wife and daughter from a corrupt minister's murderous plans. Li Ching (Asia’s Best Actress Award Winner) who would later star in “Sexy Playgirls” and “Sexy Girls of Denmark,” is the object of Lo Lieh's protection, while Wang Hsia, from “The Secret Of The Dirk,” is the dastardly villain. Walter Chung filmed it all in his customary sumptuous style, making it a fascinating companion piece to his subsequent worldwide phenomenon.

After a dramatic exit from Shaw Bros caused by a disagreement about costumes and equipment standards, he joined Raymond Chow at his newly founded Golden Harvest Studios in 1973. He directed numerous productions and regularly teamed up with the rising action choreographer Sammo Hung, and hit the HK Box Office with “Skyhawk” in 1974, which starred Kwan Tak Hing in one of his last performances as the popular “Wong Fei-Hung.” He then returned to S. Korea in 1977 to continue his career by opening a production company in his homeland. There, he focused on film production throughout the 1980s and then retired in the 90s.

He returned to HK in 2002 with his daughter and gave a speech to the HK audience with HK celebrity, Choy Lan. He was also one of Pusan’s Festival special guests in 2003 and in July 2004, he offered the Parisian public the chance to pay their respects to one of Asian cinema’s major figures alive. In 2010, he conducted an interview and talked about his glorious days in his filming career. Still healthy and strong, Walter Chung now lives in the U.S. with his family.

Walter Chung Chang-Hwa’s interview (Korean with English subtitle):


Walter Chung Chang-Hwa - 2012 New York Asian Film Festival:


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July 16th, 2016, 9:29 am #3

Thanks LJF great story again!! nt
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July 16th, 2016, 1:06 pm #4

Many Bruce Lee’s fans are unaware that Bruce in fact, wanted a director to co-direct his ‘72 GAME. This director was Walter Chung Chang-Hwa (aka Jeong Chang Hwa or Cheng Chang Ho), a South Korean director (worked in early 70s HK industry) who become well known for his directorial work in “King Boxer” (starring Lo Lieh & Li Ching) - the first internationally successful HK Kung-Fu film just before Bruce Lee’s films broke into the U.S. and European markets.

During an interview in 2012, Walter Chung confirmed that Bruce indeed planned to invite him to co-direct GAME in 1972 but he missed the opportunity due to his hectic film schedule and his initial objection of filming another director’s incomplete movie. Before Bruce’s death in 1973, Bruce re-invited him to co-direct part of GAME in S.Korea. Everything was planned and Bruce had even discussed the GAME’s storyline, his ideas and shooting schedule with Walter Chung. Unfortunately, Bruce’s untimely passing shattered the filming plan of GAME and other future working opportunities.

Research shows that the above claims of Walter Chung’s are indeed genuine. Bruce told the HK reporters that he respected Walter Chung and admired his seriousness and professionalism in his high quality directorial works. Also, Bruce was impressed with his competency in creating great atmosphere and installing realism in his action movies.

According to Raymond Chow and HK press (Commercial Press dated 31st Jul ’73), Bruce admired Walter Chung’s “King Boxer” and said he would like to work with him in a movie if given an opportunity. Bruce made that statement while he was filming FOF. Subsequently, Bruce was going to shoot his directorial debut – WOTD. He initially wanted Walter Chung to help co-direct but coincidentally, Walter Chung had gone to S. Korea to make “The Devil’s Treasure” (starring Nora Miao, Hwang In-Shik and Sammo Hung) for a very long period of time. After Bruce completed his WOTD, Walter Chung had still yet to finish his shooting in overseas.

Then, Bruce began shooting his second self-written movie - GAME and half way through, Walter Chung returned to HK finally. Walter Chung showed Bruce the raw footage of his new film - “The Devil’s Treasure.” Bruce was impressed and commented that it had surpassed the highest standard of the HK Mandarin films. As Bruce was the script writer, director and main actor for GAME, he told Walter Chung that he felt quite exhausted after directing the first half of GAME and hoped Walter Chung could help to wrap up the other half of GAME which was intended to be filmed in S. Korea. Initially, Walter Chung felt that since Bruce had already shot GAME half way, then, it was really unnecessary for him to replace Bruce as the director (probably Walter Chung was worried about the coherence of the film).

Still, Bruce hoped to work with Walter Chung in an action film. But things changed as later on, Hollywood invited Bruce to make ETD. As it was far more an urgent task, Bruce thus, temporarily shelved his plan of cooperating with Walter Chung and halted his self-directed GAME half-way through. Bruce then started making ETD for Warner Bros.

Upon wrapping up ETD in April 1973, Bruce liaised with Walter Chung again about co-directing GAME in S.Korea. This time round, it seemed Walter Chung did not deny Bruce’s invitation. Also, by this time, Walter Chung had left Shaw Bros and joined Raymond Chow’s GH. It seemed like the chances of his collaboration with Bruce was very high. Bruce had also discussed with Walter Chung over the GAME’s script together for many times and had come to a ‘CONCLUSION’ for the movie. On the other hand, Walter Chung said he had even prepared a new script for Bruce.

It was called “Big Battle With The Black Panther.” He completed it in early July 1973. Bruce had gone through this script and was very satisfied with it. It was intended to film after GAME. Unfortunately, Bruce died shortly after that. So, “Big Battle With The Black Panther” was shelved permanently as Walter Chung thought it was very difficult to find someone to replace Bruce.

Due to their good relationship plus Bruce’s original intention to invite Walter Chung to co-direct the second half of GAME, thus, many HK people speculated that the job of the unfinished GAME would land on Walter Chung’s shoulder after Bruce’s death on 20th July 1973.

As for the stand-in for Bruce, the HK reporter thought that Hwang In-Shik might be a good choice. Hwang’s TKD fighting style bore some similarities to Bruce’s JKD kicks. Also, Bruce liked his kicking style and had paid great attention to this martial artist while he was alive. After inviting Hwang to play a villain in WOTD, Bruce and Hwang had become good friends and sparred with each other whenever they had a chance.

HK celebs felt that Hwang’s performance and expression in “The Devil Treasure” was very much influenced by Bruce, especially his pose, stance and expression before the fight.

After Bruce’s death, Walter Chung was interviewed by HKTVB (Source: HK Commercial Press dated 1st Aug 1973). He revealed some inside info that before Bruce’s passing, Bruce and him had been secretly discussing and preparing to finish the unfinished GAME as well as getting to shoot for a new movie. Unfortunately, Bruce passed away and it was a shame that the renowned action director had no more chance to work with the No. 1 HK action star.

Before his death, Bruce once expressed his deepest regret for not being able to work with Walter Chung much earlier. Never had one expected these words became reality.

So, it all seemed like the probable candidate for GAME’s director was initially Walter Chung before Raymond Chow finally decided to get ETD’s director, Robert Clouse to continue shooting the unfinished GAME in 1977, probably due to commercial and international market reasons.

Photos of Walter Chung Chang-Hwa: http://postimg.org/image/fiu4owzn5/
First time heard about this story.
Rare stuff, thanks for sharing.

Someone should have interviewed this director on Lee's G.O.D. before he is gone.
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July 16th, 2016, 3:26 pm #5

Many Bruce Lee’s fans are unaware that Bruce in fact, wanted a director to co-direct his ‘72 GAME. This director was Walter Chung Chang-Hwa (aka Jeong Chang Hwa or Cheng Chang Ho), a South Korean director (worked in early 70s HK industry) who become well known for his directorial work in “King Boxer” (starring Lo Lieh & Li Ching) - the first internationally successful HK Kung-Fu film just before Bruce Lee’s films broke into the U.S. and European markets.

During an interview in 2012, Walter Chung confirmed that Bruce indeed planned to invite him to co-direct GAME in 1972 but he missed the opportunity due to his hectic film schedule and his initial objection of filming another director’s incomplete movie. Before Bruce’s death in 1973, Bruce re-invited him to co-direct part of GAME in S.Korea. Everything was planned and Bruce had even discussed the GAME’s storyline, his ideas and shooting schedule with Walter Chung. Unfortunately, Bruce’s untimely passing shattered the filming plan of GAME and other future working opportunities.

Research shows that the above claims of Walter Chung’s are indeed genuine. Bruce told the HK reporters that he respected Walter Chung and admired his seriousness and professionalism in his high quality directorial works. Also, Bruce was impressed with his competency in creating great atmosphere and installing realism in his action movies.

According to Raymond Chow and HK press (Commercial Press dated 31st Jul ’73), Bruce admired Walter Chung’s “King Boxer” and said he would like to work with him in a movie if given an opportunity. Bruce made that statement while he was filming FOF. Subsequently, Bruce was going to shoot his directorial debut – WOTD. He initially wanted Walter Chung to help co-direct but coincidentally, Walter Chung had gone to S. Korea to make “The Devil’s Treasure” (starring Nora Miao, Hwang In-Shik and Sammo Hung) for a very long period of time. After Bruce completed his WOTD, Walter Chung had still yet to finish his shooting in overseas.

Then, Bruce began shooting his second self-written movie - GAME and half way through, Walter Chung returned to HK finally. Walter Chung showed Bruce the raw footage of his new film - “The Devil’s Treasure.” Bruce was impressed and commented that it had surpassed the highest standard of the HK Mandarin films. As Bruce was the script writer, director and main actor for GAME, he told Walter Chung that he felt quite exhausted after directing the first half of GAME and hoped Walter Chung could help to wrap up the other half of GAME which was intended to be filmed in S. Korea. Initially, Walter Chung felt that since Bruce had already shot GAME half way, then, it was really unnecessary for him to replace Bruce as the director (probably Walter Chung was worried about the coherence of the film).

Still, Bruce hoped to work with Walter Chung in an action film. But things changed as later on, Hollywood invited Bruce to make ETD. As it was far more an urgent task, Bruce thus, temporarily shelved his plan of cooperating with Walter Chung and halted his self-directed GAME half-way through. Bruce then started making ETD for Warner Bros.

Upon wrapping up ETD in April 1973, Bruce liaised with Walter Chung again about co-directing GAME in S.Korea. This time round, it seemed Walter Chung did not deny Bruce’s invitation. Also, by this time, Walter Chung had left Shaw Bros and joined Raymond Chow’s GH. It seemed like the chances of his collaboration with Bruce was very high. Bruce had also discussed with Walter Chung over the GAME’s script together for many times and had come to a ‘CONCLUSION’ for the movie. On the other hand, Walter Chung said he had even prepared a new script for Bruce.

It was called “Big Battle With The Black Panther.” He completed it in early July 1973. Bruce had gone through this script and was very satisfied with it. It was intended to film after GAME. Unfortunately, Bruce died shortly after that. So, “Big Battle With The Black Panther” was shelved permanently as Walter Chung thought it was very difficult to find someone to replace Bruce.

Due to their good relationship plus Bruce’s original intention to invite Walter Chung to co-direct the second half of GAME, thus, many HK people speculated that the job of the unfinished GAME would land on Walter Chung’s shoulder after Bruce’s death on 20th July 1973.

As for the stand-in for Bruce, the HK reporter thought that Hwang In-Shik might be a good choice. Hwang’s TKD fighting style bore some similarities to Bruce’s JKD kicks. Also, Bruce liked his kicking style and had paid great attention to this martial artist while he was alive. After inviting Hwang to play a villain in WOTD, Bruce and Hwang had become good friends and sparred with each other whenever they had a chance.

HK celebs felt that Hwang’s performance and expression in “The Devil Treasure” was very much influenced by Bruce, especially his pose, stance and expression before the fight.

After Bruce’s death, Walter Chung was interviewed by HKTVB (Source: HK Commercial Press dated 1st Aug 1973). He revealed some inside info that before Bruce’s passing, Bruce and him had been secretly discussing and preparing to finish the unfinished GAME as well as getting to shoot for a new movie. Unfortunately, Bruce passed away and it was a shame that the renowned action director had no more chance to work with the No. 1 HK action star.

Before his death, Bruce once expressed his deepest regret for not being able to work with Walter Chung much earlier. Never had one expected these words became reality.

So, it all seemed like the probable candidate for GAME’s director was initially Walter Chung before Raymond Chow finally decided to get ETD’s director, Robert Clouse to continue shooting the unfinished GAME in 1977, probably due to commercial and international market reasons.

Photos of Walter Chung Chang-Hwa: http://postimg.org/image/fiu4owzn5/
Like everyone said, very interesting find, LJF! Never heard of this one either. Like everyone said it would be nice to be able to hear some possible story specifics from him, but I have a feeling that nothing much would change from what we've already heard and had pieced together.
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July 16th, 2016, 6:03 pm #6

Many Bruce Lee’s fans are unaware that Bruce in fact, wanted a director to co-direct his ‘72 GAME. This director was Walter Chung Chang-Hwa (aka Jeong Chang Hwa or Cheng Chang Ho), a South Korean director (worked in early 70s HK industry) who become well known for his directorial work in “King Boxer” (starring Lo Lieh & Li Ching) - the first internationally successful HK Kung-Fu film just before Bruce Lee’s films broke into the U.S. and European markets.

During an interview in 2012, Walter Chung confirmed that Bruce indeed planned to invite him to co-direct GAME in 1972 but he missed the opportunity due to his hectic film schedule and his initial objection of filming another director’s incomplete movie. Before Bruce’s death in 1973, Bruce re-invited him to co-direct part of GAME in S.Korea. Everything was planned and Bruce had even discussed the GAME’s storyline, his ideas and shooting schedule with Walter Chung. Unfortunately, Bruce’s untimely passing shattered the filming plan of GAME and other future working opportunities.

Research shows that the above claims of Walter Chung’s are indeed genuine. Bruce told the HK reporters that he respected Walter Chung and admired his seriousness and professionalism in his high quality directorial works. Also, Bruce was impressed with his competency in creating great atmosphere and installing realism in his action movies.

According to Raymond Chow and HK press (Commercial Press dated 31st Jul ’73), Bruce admired Walter Chung’s “King Boxer” and said he would like to work with him in a movie if given an opportunity. Bruce made that statement while he was filming FOF. Subsequently, Bruce was going to shoot his directorial debut – WOTD. He initially wanted Walter Chung to help co-direct but coincidentally, Walter Chung had gone to S. Korea to make “The Devil’s Treasure” (starring Nora Miao, Hwang In-Shik and Sammo Hung) for a very long period of time. After Bruce completed his WOTD, Walter Chung had still yet to finish his shooting in overseas.

Then, Bruce began shooting his second self-written movie - GAME and half way through, Walter Chung returned to HK finally. Walter Chung showed Bruce the raw footage of his new film - “The Devil’s Treasure.” Bruce was impressed and commented that it had surpassed the highest standard of the HK Mandarin films. As Bruce was the script writer, director and main actor for GAME, he told Walter Chung that he felt quite exhausted after directing the first half of GAME and hoped Walter Chung could help to wrap up the other half of GAME which was intended to be filmed in S. Korea. Initially, Walter Chung felt that since Bruce had already shot GAME half way, then, it was really unnecessary for him to replace Bruce as the director (probably Walter Chung was worried about the coherence of the film).

Still, Bruce hoped to work with Walter Chung in an action film. But things changed as later on, Hollywood invited Bruce to make ETD. As it was far more an urgent task, Bruce thus, temporarily shelved his plan of cooperating with Walter Chung and halted his self-directed GAME half-way through. Bruce then started making ETD for Warner Bros.

Upon wrapping up ETD in April 1973, Bruce liaised with Walter Chung again about co-directing GAME in S.Korea. This time round, it seemed Walter Chung did not deny Bruce’s invitation. Also, by this time, Walter Chung had left Shaw Bros and joined Raymond Chow’s GH. It seemed like the chances of his collaboration with Bruce was very high. Bruce had also discussed with Walter Chung over the GAME’s script together for many times and had come to a ‘CONCLUSION’ for the movie. On the other hand, Walter Chung said he had even prepared a new script for Bruce.

It was called “Big Battle With The Black Panther.” He completed it in early July 1973. Bruce had gone through this script and was very satisfied with it. It was intended to film after GAME. Unfortunately, Bruce died shortly after that. So, “Big Battle With The Black Panther” was shelved permanently as Walter Chung thought it was very difficult to find someone to replace Bruce.

Due to their good relationship plus Bruce’s original intention to invite Walter Chung to co-direct the second half of GAME, thus, many HK people speculated that the job of the unfinished GAME would land on Walter Chung’s shoulder after Bruce’s death on 20th July 1973.

As for the stand-in for Bruce, the HK reporter thought that Hwang In-Shik might be a good choice. Hwang’s TKD fighting style bore some similarities to Bruce’s JKD kicks. Also, Bruce liked his kicking style and had paid great attention to this martial artist while he was alive. After inviting Hwang to play a villain in WOTD, Bruce and Hwang had become good friends and sparred with each other whenever they had a chance.

HK celebs felt that Hwang’s performance and expression in “The Devil Treasure” was very much influenced by Bruce, especially his pose, stance and expression before the fight.

After Bruce’s death, Walter Chung was interviewed by HKTVB (Source: HK Commercial Press dated 1st Aug 1973). He revealed some inside info that before Bruce’s passing, Bruce and him had been secretly discussing and preparing to finish the unfinished GAME as well as getting to shoot for a new movie. Unfortunately, Bruce passed away and it was a shame that the renowned action director had no more chance to work with the No. 1 HK action star.

Before his death, Bruce once expressed his deepest regret for not being able to work with Walter Chung much earlier. Never had one expected these words became reality.

So, it all seemed like the probable candidate for GAME’s director was initially Walter Chung before Raymond Chow finally decided to get ETD’s director, Robert Clouse to continue shooting the unfinished GAME in 1977, probably due to commercial and international market reasons.

Photos of Walter Chung Chang-Hwa: http://postimg.org/image/fiu4owzn5/
This is one of the rare pieces in this forum I've come across. Never seen this information in any BL's magazines or books before. Nice one, LJF!

The post said,
"Bruce had also discussed with Walter Chung over the GAME’s script together for many times and had come to a ‘CONCLUSION’ for the movie. On the other hand, Walter Chung said he had even prepared a new script for Bruce.
It was called “Big Battle With The Black Panther.”


Would like very much to know about the so-called GOD's "CONCLUSION" and the story of “Big Battle With The Black Panther.”

It would be nice if anyone in the U.S. could contact Director Walter Chung for an interview.
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July 17th, 2016, 7:18 am #7

Walter Chung, like other foreign actors/actresses, faced some discrimination while working in the 60s-70s HK. The HK industry tried to localise him and packaged him liked HK Chinese. They even took credits which Walter Chung earned in "King Boxer." However, most of the foreigners still worked like professionals.

There are some rare info on his "GAME's CONCLUSION" and "Panther's Script" but need to verify before revealing. Of course, it would be great if we're able to hear from the man himself. Thanks.
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July 17th, 2016, 7:44 am #8

Wow! Thanks for the info, LJF!
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July 17th, 2016, 9:32 am #9

Many Bruce Lee’s fans are unaware that Bruce in fact, wanted a director to co-direct his ‘72 GAME. This director was Walter Chung Chang-Hwa (aka Jeong Chang Hwa or Cheng Chang Ho), a South Korean director (worked in early 70s HK industry) who become well known for his directorial work in “King Boxer” (starring Lo Lieh & Li Ching) - the first internationally successful HK Kung-Fu film just before Bruce Lee’s films broke into the U.S. and European markets.

During an interview in 2012, Walter Chung confirmed that Bruce indeed planned to invite him to co-direct GAME in 1972 but he missed the opportunity due to his hectic film schedule and his initial objection of filming another director’s incomplete movie. Before Bruce’s death in 1973, Bruce re-invited him to co-direct part of GAME in S.Korea. Everything was planned and Bruce had even discussed the GAME’s storyline, his ideas and shooting schedule with Walter Chung. Unfortunately, Bruce’s untimely passing shattered the filming plan of GAME and other future working opportunities.

Research shows that the above claims of Walter Chung’s are indeed genuine. Bruce told the HK reporters that he respected Walter Chung and admired his seriousness and professionalism in his high quality directorial works. Also, Bruce was impressed with his competency in creating great atmosphere and installing realism in his action movies.

According to Raymond Chow and HK press (Commercial Press dated 31st Jul ’73), Bruce admired Walter Chung’s “King Boxer” and said he would like to work with him in a movie if given an opportunity. Bruce made that statement while he was filming FOF. Subsequently, Bruce was going to shoot his directorial debut – WOTD. He initially wanted Walter Chung to help co-direct but coincidentally, Walter Chung had gone to S. Korea to make “The Devil’s Treasure” (starring Nora Miao, Hwang In-Shik and Sammo Hung) for a very long period of time. After Bruce completed his WOTD, Walter Chung had still yet to finish his shooting in overseas.

Then, Bruce began shooting his second self-written movie - GAME and half way through, Walter Chung returned to HK finally. Walter Chung showed Bruce the raw footage of his new film - “The Devil’s Treasure.” Bruce was impressed and commented that it had surpassed the highest standard of the HK Mandarin films. As Bruce was the script writer, director and main actor for GAME, he told Walter Chung that he felt quite exhausted after directing the first half of GAME and hoped Walter Chung could help to wrap up the other half of GAME which was intended to be filmed in S. Korea. Initially, Walter Chung felt that since Bruce had already shot GAME half way, then, it was really unnecessary for him to replace Bruce as the director (probably Walter Chung was worried about the coherence of the film).

Still, Bruce hoped to work with Walter Chung in an action film. But things changed as later on, Hollywood invited Bruce to make ETD. As it was far more an urgent task, Bruce thus, temporarily shelved his plan of cooperating with Walter Chung and halted his self-directed GAME half-way through. Bruce then started making ETD for Warner Bros.

Upon wrapping up ETD in April 1973, Bruce liaised with Walter Chung again about co-directing GAME in S.Korea. This time round, it seemed Walter Chung did not deny Bruce’s invitation. Also, by this time, Walter Chung had left Shaw Bros and joined Raymond Chow’s GH. It seemed like the chances of his collaboration with Bruce was very high. Bruce had also discussed with Walter Chung over the GAME’s script together for many times and had come to a ‘CONCLUSION’ for the movie. On the other hand, Walter Chung said he had even prepared a new script for Bruce.

It was called “Big Battle With The Black Panther.” He completed it in early July 1973. Bruce had gone through this script and was very satisfied with it. It was intended to film after GAME. Unfortunately, Bruce died shortly after that. So, “Big Battle With The Black Panther” was shelved permanently as Walter Chung thought it was very difficult to find someone to replace Bruce.

Due to their good relationship plus Bruce’s original intention to invite Walter Chung to co-direct the second half of GAME, thus, many HK people speculated that the job of the unfinished GAME would land on Walter Chung’s shoulder after Bruce’s death on 20th July 1973.

As for the stand-in for Bruce, the HK reporter thought that Hwang In-Shik might be a good choice. Hwang’s TKD fighting style bore some similarities to Bruce’s JKD kicks. Also, Bruce liked his kicking style and had paid great attention to this martial artist while he was alive. After inviting Hwang to play a villain in WOTD, Bruce and Hwang had become good friends and sparred with each other whenever they had a chance.

HK celebs felt that Hwang’s performance and expression in “The Devil Treasure” was very much influenced by Bruce, especially his pose, stance and expression before the fight.

After Bruce’s death, Walter Chung was interviewed by HKTVB (Source: HK Commercial Press dated 1st Aug 1973). He revealed some inside info that before Bruce’s passing, Bruce and him had been secretly discussing and preparing to finish the unfinished GAME as well as getting to shoot for a new movie. Unfortunately, Bruce passed away and it was a shame that the renowned action director had no more chance to work with the No. 1 HK action star.

Before his death, Bruce once expressed his deepest regret for not being able to work with Walter Chung much earlier. Never had one expected these words became reality.

So, it all seemed like the probable candidate for GAME’s director was initially Walter Chung before Raymond Chow finally decided to get ETD’s director, Robert Clouse to continue shooting the unfinished GAME in 1977, probably due to commercial and international market reasons.

Photos of Walter Chung Chang-Hwa: http://postimg.org/image/fiu4owzn5/
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July 17th, 2016, 12:41 pm #10

Walter Chung, like other foreign actors/actresses, faced some discrimination while working in the 60s-70s HK. The HK industry tried to localise him and packaged him liked HK Chinese. They even took credits which Walter Chung earned in "King Boxer." However, most of the foreigners still worked like professionals.

There are some rare info on his "GAME's CONCLUSION" and "Panther's Script" but need to verify before revealing. Of course, it would be great if we're able to hear from the man himself. Thanks.
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