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No Retreat, No Surrender (1986) Poster

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Six years after the film's release, two members of the cast appeared as character witnesses in the court case brought against Jean-Claude Van Damme by Jackson 'Rock' Pinckney, testifying based on their experiences working with Van Damme on the movie: Timothy D. Baker claimed that Van Damme was dangerous to work with and possessed inadequate control of his movements for a martial artist, whereas Ron Pohnel claimed that Van Damme did in fact possess adequate control and could perform a fight scene without complaint.
Jean-Claude Van Damme knocked out Peter Cunningham twice with a spin kick while filming their fight scene. The first time, Van Damme broke character and asked Cunningham if he was alright, causing director Corey Yuen to shout at him.
The scene that has Kurt McKinney doing two-finger push-ups was actually filmed with wires to hoist McKinney up and down. They used trees in the background to cover up the wire.
The scenes with Bruce Lee's spirit were actually filmed with Tae-jeong Kim and Kurt McKinney both speaking different languages. Kim's voice was later dubbed into English and, apparently, both actors did not know what they were saying to each other throughout these scenes - they spoke from cues behind the cameras.
The first combat sequence of the film with Jason's father (Timothy D. Baker) and Ivan the Russian (Jean-Claude Van Damme) in the dojo had Van Damme jumping off the shoulder of another villain to perform a flying kick. This kick was supposed to hit Baker's upper chest region but Van Damme repeatedly struck Baker in the face, knee, and throat instead. Baker later appeared as a character witness against Van Damme in the lawsuit filed by Jackson 'Rock' Pinckney, claiming that the poorly-performed kicks were largely due to carelessness on Van Damme's part and that they continued even after director Corey Yuen told Van Damme to be more careful.
McKinney did not want to do the "foot in a looped rope" stunt scene but director, Corey Yuen insisted and it was successful in the end.
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Korean actor, Tae-jeong Kim who starred as Sifu Bruce Lee had been a double/stand-in for the real Bruce Lee in films such as Game of Death (1978) and Game of Death II (1980).
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Fight choreographer "Harrison" Mang Hoi doubled both Kurt McKinney and Kim Tai Jong for the back somersault flip kick.
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A scene was written in which R.J. accidentally trips Scott in the school cafeteria causing Scott to spill his food. This would have explained why Scott hated R.J. But the scene was not filmed.
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Jean-Claude Van Damme's Feature Film Debut
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Writing the script was an ongoing process: Keith W. Strandberg claims to have spent hours each night editing and re-writing the script before the next day's shoot.
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During the montage, Jason kicks multiple bags and breaks one in the process. This was not intentional because of Kurt McKinney's martial arts background.
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Billed stars Kurt McKinney and Jean-Claude Van Damme were martial artists before acting.
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J.W. Fails was so determined to be cast that he lied to the filmmakers about being able break dance, and skateboard. His dance moves and skating scenes were subsequently performed by a double.
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At the time of filming, Jean-Claude Van Damme drove a very poor, beat-up car. At the end of production days, Van Damme would frequently ask Kurt McKinney and other cast members to push the vehicle to help start the engine.
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On the same day that Kurt McKinney was cast in the leading role, his application to the Los Angeles Police Department was accepted. He turned down his prospects as a police officer to pursue acting.
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Kurt McKinney learned about auditions for the movie through a notice in the now-defunct Drama-Logue newspaper. His decision to try out was made at the last moment, and by the time he arrived at the studio, the only role left over was that of the lead character. Following his audition, he was immediately cast.
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While performing the fight scene wherein Jason saves his father, Kurt McKinney accidentally kicked his opponent in the face while performing a flying kick.
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Jason calls Bruce Lee's ghost "Lee Dai Goh", which translates to "Big Brother Lee" in Cantonese.
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