Thursday, Sep 27th, 2007 - 7:00 PM

AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center

Cost: $15/$20

Please arrive 15 MINUTES EARLY as the program will begin promptly at 7:00pm.

Director Justin Lin, Roger Fan, and Sung Kang are scheduled to appear for Q & A

Finishing the Game

Directed by Justin Lin

Running Time: 88 minutes
Year: 2006
Narrative Fiction
Languages(s): English



Legendary icon Bruce Lee made an indelible impression on the minds of people worldwide through his films and his philosophy. After passing away at a young age in 1973, footage from an unfinished movie which included his well-known fight scene in a yellow tracksuit was incorporated into the feature, GAME OF DEATH. This controversial move shocked fans since new scenes were shot replacing the star with a body double, thus initiating a trend of motion pictures employing Bruce Lee imitators.

Under the comedic guise of a fictional behind-the-scenes, making-of documentary, FINISHING THE GAME spoofs the process of auditioning stand-ins to complete GAME OF DEATH and skewers the way Hollywood casts and creates films. Figures in the film industry are satirized as they struggle to fill the shoes of the martial arts master, choosing among a particularly odd assortment of characters who compete vigorously for the role.

FINISHING THE GAME marks the auspicious return of director Justin Lin (ANNAPOLIS, THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS: TOKYO DRIFT) to his independent film roots since BETTER LUCK TOMORROW premiered at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival, jump-starting his Hollywood career. With multiple actors from his previous films, including Roger Fan (ANNAPOLIS) and Sung Kang (THE MOTEL), along for the ride, the quirky characters in this ensemble comedy embark on a journey that highlights the difficulties Asian American actors have in finding commercial success. Sprinkled throughout are notable cameo performances by the likes of James Franco (SPIDERMAN), Dustin Nguyen (21 JUMP STREET), and MC Hammer, all dressed in funky, retro 1970's fashion.

Official selection at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival

Director bio:
Taiwanese-American Justin Lin is a graduate of UCLA's film school whose debut movie, "Better Luck Tomorrow" was picked up and released by MTV Films in 2003. Lin was among those featured in the 2006 documentary, "The Slanted Screen," about the representation of Asian American men in Hollywood.