NO RETREAT, NO SURRENDER

Director: Corey Yuen
Hong Kong / 1985 / 85 min

Available Jun 1-15

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John Woo was the first Hong Kong director to make it big in Hollywood, but he wasn’t the first to try. He was preceded by Yuen, a former Peking Opera Schools classmate of Jackie Chan and Sammo Hung legendary as both a director and fight choreographer, whose US debut for New World Pictures concerns a Seattle karate student (Kurt McKinney) fighting back against the Soviet strongman (Jean-Claude Van Damme, in a rare “heavy” role) who shut down his dad’s dojo. There’s a little bit of The Karate Kid and a little bit of Rocky IV Russophobia here, sure, but neither of those movies’ fight scenes touch No Retreat, No Surrender’s, and neither extensively feature Bruce Lee’s ghost.

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