Finishing the Game 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… Finishing the Game 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… 2007-10-05 R PT88M Comedy Roger Fan Dustin Nguyen James Franco Sung Kang IFC Films
Movie Review

Finishing the Game (2007)

MPAA Rating: R
KUNG-PHOOEY Finishing the Game , a mockumentary about the search for an actor to step into Bruce Lee's shoes, makes all the wrong moves
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KUNG-PHOOEY Finishing the Game, a mockumentary about the search for an actor to step into Bruce Lee's shoes, makes all the wrong moves
EW's GRADE
D

Details Limited Release: Oct 05, 2007; Rated: R; Length: 88 Minutes; Genre: Comedy; With: Roger Fan and Dustin Nguyen; Distributor: IFC Films

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.

Originally posted Oct 03, 2007 Published in issue #958 Oct 12, 2007 Order article reprints
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