No Retreat, No Surrender (1986)

Genres - Action  |   Sub-Genres - Martial Arts  |   Release Date - May 2, 1986 (USA)  |   Run Time - 85 min.  |   Countries - Hong Kong, USA  |   MPAA Rating - PG
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This film is a kind of David meets Goliath story told in martial arts terms. Young Jason Stillwell (Kurt McKinney) moves with his parents to Seattle, where local bullies harass them without mercy. Jason's father Tom (Tim Baker) does not believe in violence, so the family takes it on the chin. One day Jason enrolls in a martial arts class and quietly rises in rank to be a major contender. His mettle is tested in an international match against Ivan, a Russian champion (Jean-Claude Van Damme), expanding the "enemy" beyond Seattle's borders.

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criminal, ghost, karate, kickboxer, martial-arts, opponent, physical-abuse, revenge, Russia, teenagers, training, tutor, winner