Hosanna Wong
Owen Gleiberman
October 03, 2007 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Finishing the Game

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
88 minutes
Limited Release Date
10/05/07
performer
Roger Fan, Dustin Nguyen, James Franco, Sung Kang
director
Justin Lin
author
Justin Lin
genre
Comedy

We gave it a D

Director Justin Lin had the good idea of making a movie about the search for an actor to replace Bruce Lee after he died, in 1973, partway through the shooting of Game of Death. Lin then had the very bad idea to stage Finishing the Game as a broad mockumentary, full of tiresomely exaggerated, vainly leering actors with names like Breeze Loo and Troy Poon; they make the contestants on your average reality-dating show look droll. The film completely misses what should have been its real target — the filming of Game of Death, a martial-arts campfest worthy of Edward D. Wood Jr.

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