Film: No Retreat No Surrender

No Retreat, No Surrender (a.k.a. Karate Tiger) is a 1986 martial arts film starring Kurt McKinney and Jean-Claude Van Damme.

Jason Stillwell is a Bruce Lee fanatic who trains in his father's Los Angeles karate dojo. One night, the dojo is visited by members of an organized crime syndicate, who try to convince Jason's father to join them. When he refuses, he is attacked by the boss's thugs and ultimately has his leg broken by Ivan Kraschinsky, an intimidating Russian martial artist.

The Stillwell family relocates to Seattle, but things don't get any easier for poor Jason, who repeatedly becomes the target of harassment by the local bullies. Fed up with the abuse, Jason visits the grave of Bruce Lee (filmed at Lee's actual grave) and beseeches him for aid. That very same night, the ghost of Bruce Lee appears to Jason and begins to train him. Under Lee's tutelage, Jason goes from a below average fighter to a superior martial artist. His training ultimately pays off when, at a local kickboxing tournament, Jason once again comes face-to-face with Kraschinsky and defeats him in the ring.

Often compared to another martial arts movie with a very similar plot, No Retreat, No Surrender was followed by two unrelated sequels, neither of which featured McKinney or Van Damme.

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Alternative Title(s):

No Retreat No Surrender 2 Raging Thunder