Jason, a Bruce Lee fan, sees his karate instructor/dad beaten by martial art thugs. They move to Seattle where, after humiliations, he trains with Bruce Lee's ghost so he can defend himself and others against thugs.


Corey Yuen


See-Yuen Ng (original story) (as Ng See Yuen), Corey Yuen (original story) | 1 more credit »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Kurt McKinney ... Jason Stillwell
Jean-Claude Van Damme ... Ivan Kraschinsky the Russian
J.W. Fails J.W. Fails ... R.J. Madison
Kathie Sileno Kathie Sileno ... Kelly Reilly
Tae-jeong Kim Tae-jeong Kim ... Sensei Lee (as Kim Tai Chong)
Kent Lipham ... Scott
Ron Pohnel Ron Pohnel ... Ian Reilly
Dale Jacoby Dale Jacoby ... Dean Ramsay
Peter Cunningham ... Frank Peters (as Pete Cunningham)
Timothy D. Baker Timothy D. Baker ... Tom Stillwell (as Tim Baker)
Gloria Marziano Gloria Marziano ... Mrs. Stillwell
Joe Verroca Joe Verroca ... New York Agent (as Joe Vance)
Farid Panahi Farid Panahi ... New York Assistant #1
Tom Harris Tom Harris ... New York Assistant #2
John Andes John Andes ... New York Boss


Jason Stillwell, a Bruce Lee fan, is beaten numerous times and trains from the ghost of Lee. Jason then must use his newly acquired skills to save Seattle from a crime syndicate, whose top martial artist is the deadly Ivan. Written by Albert Valentin <albval@hotmail.com>

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Did You Know?


Many supporting cast members were actual martial artists, including Ron Pohnel, Dale Jacoby, Peter Cunningham, Tae-jeong Kim, Farid Panahi, Mark Zacharatos, and Ty Martinez. Many were making their film debut. Strandberg later started a school to train actors and martial artists to fight for the screen. See more »


When Ivan enters the building for the Karate championship at the end of the film, some guys in his entourage (especially the Hispanic-looking man in a white shirt and beige pants) show up as extras in the crowd who are booing Ivan. See more »


Ivan: You're good.
Jason Stillwell: I get better.
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Crazy Credits

Jean-Claude Van Damme's character is Ivan, but in the ending credits, next to his name reads, "Karl Brezdin". See more »

Alternate Versions

The new 2004 UK region 2 DVD from Universal features a different opening and logo and film score compared to either the UK or US home video releases. The DVD also features scenes that were not present in either the US or UK video release(s) Scenes that were added
  • after Jason's father leg is broken there is a brief scene of him in the hospital thinking about who done it to him and not wanting to put his family in danger because of the syndicate and his decision to leave L.A.
  • Ian receiving a phone call from the syndicate telling him to meet them at his dojo in half an hour
  • Various scenes were extended plus additional dialogue is heard that didn't feature in either the UK or US home video release Scenes that were deleted:
  • Jason's date with Kelly at the space needle and a brief scene of them looking through the window of a pet shop
  • After Jason comes home from Ian's dojo there is a scene where Jason meets Kelly for the first time after moving from L.A. to Seattle. Those scenes were included in the video releases. The DVD run time on the back of the DVD is incorrectly stated as 79 minutes the correct run time is 94 minutes
  • Also, the final fight between Jason and Ivan is slightly longer using flashbacks to Jason's training explaining how they come into use in the last fight, such as when Jason was practicing on the mokujin (wooden dummy) and used that knowledge to counter Ivan's attacks. This also explains the awkward jump cuts during this fight in the shorter prints.
  • This version also contains a completely different score feature stock music from various Hong Kong films, such as Project A and My Lucky Stars, plus an alternate theme song called "Hold On To The Vision". Also, there is a different voice actor used for "Lee Dai Goh" which sounds properly more Asian rather than the deeper Americanized voice used in the shorter prints.
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Referenced in Tony (2009) See more »


A Bottle and a Song
Written by Frank Harris and Mary Reynolds
Sung by Mary Reynolds
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Oh, boy
22 December 2019 | by pmtelefonSee all my reviews

I'm not a fan of watching campy movies. I can laugh an inept movie for a few minutes but then I get bored. Some people might watch "No Retreat, No Surrender" as camp. I don't but that doesn't mean that it's a good movie. It's not. It does, however, have a certain charm that makes the ridiculousness watchable. I watch "No Retreat, No Surrender" every once in a while. I won't say that it hits the spot but it's a strangely almost satisfying watch.

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Release Date:

2 May 1986 (USA) See more »

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Ring of Truth See more »


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$739,723, 4 May 1986

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