Finishing the Game
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Finishing the Game is a 2007 mockumentary film directed by Justin Lin focusing on Bruce Lee's final movie Game of Death (1972), which was unfinished at the time of his death. Shot in 18 days, Finishing the Game comedically satirizes the 1972 production—which used body doubles and clips from other Lee movies—and addresses racial stereotypes on the Asian community.
|Finishing the Game|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Justin Lin|
|Produced by||Julie Asato|
|Written by||Josh Diamond|
|Starring||McCaleb Burnett, Monique Gabriela Curnen, Roger Fan, Sung Kang, Mousa Kraish, Meredith Scott Lynn, and Dustin Nguyen (appearance/work by James Franco, MC Hammer, Ron Jeremy, and George Takei)|
|Music by||Brian Tyler|
|Edited by||Greg Louie|
|Distributed by||IFC Films|
Its world premiere took place at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival, where it was an Official Selection. It was also selected as the opening night film at the 25th San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival.
- McCaleb Burnett as Tarrick Tyler.
- Monique Gabriela Curnen
- Roger Fan as Breeze Loo.
- Sung Kang as Colgate "Cole" Kim.
- Mousa Kraish as Raja.
- Meredith Scott Lynn as Eloise.
- Dustin Nguyen as Troy Poon.
- James Franco
- MC Hammer as Roy Thunder.
- Ron Jeremy as Peter Dowd.
- Brian Tee as Mac Chang.
- Leonardo Nam as Eli.
- George Takei as Man in Black.
- SuChin Pak as Connie Popavich-Mosimoto.
- Bella Thorne as Sue.
- Sam Bottoms as Martey Kurtainbaum.
- Jake Sandvig as Ronney Kurtainbaum.
- Michael Shamus Wiles as Officer Williams.
- Nathan Jung as Bob.
- Cassidy Freeman as Shirley.
- Joseph McQueen as Leroy/Earl.
- David Collard as Victor.
Finishing The Game received mostly negative reviews from critics. On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 35% based on 34 reviews, with an average rating of 4.8/10. The site's consensus reads, "Though Justin Lin's premise is precocious enough, the sight gags and comic timing are tired in this mockumentary about Asian typecasting in the 1970s." On Metacritic, the film has a score of 46 out of 100, based on 10 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".
- Ito, Robert (August 5, 2006). "50 Guys, All Trying to Look Like Bruce Lee". The New York Times. Retrieved March 2, 2017.
- Lee died having shot only 40 minutes of the fight scenes, and so the film was completed to include just 12 minutes of Lee's fighting, using Bruce Lee body doubles, and "clips snatched from previous films, even clips from Lee’s own Hong Kong funeral." Robert Ito of The New York Times describes the finished product, "which includes about 12 minutes of Lee’s original fight scenes" as "grotesque." See Ito, "50 Guys...", op. cit.
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- Goto, Taro & SFIAAFF Staff (24 February 2007). "Finishing the Game [25th San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival (SFIAAFF), March 15-25 2007—Films & Events, Screening, Thu 3/15]". AsianAmericanFilmFestival.org. Archived from the original on February 24, 2007. Retrieved 2 March 2017.
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