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.
Jean-Claude Van Damme,
After being humiliated in the ring by a dirty kickboxer who pulled down his shorts and then hit him, a martial arts master decides to travel to China and enter a monastery where he may ... See full summary »
Yuen Biao plays Jason Chan a lawyer, angry at the way the law seems to protect the bad guys, he decides to take the law into his own hands when a key witness and his entire family are ... See full summary »
A team from the United States is going to compete against Korea in a Tae Kwon Do tournament. The team consists of fighters from all over the country--can they overcome their rivalry and work together to win?
James Earl Jones,
There are two plots in this movie and oddly enough, they don't intersect. One plot follows the revenge of a martial artist whose husband is killed. The other follows two cops who like to ... See full summary »
The film was completed and copyrighted in 1987 and was released theatrically in Germany in January of 1988, however it only had a very limited theatrical release in the USA in 1989 (spanning only 1 week in January of 1989). This is because the German theatrical market was eager for a sequel after the success of the first movie, however no distributor in the USA was interested in a wide theatrical release (which at the time cost approximately 2 million US dollars). Shapiro/Glickenhaus entertainment eventually agreed to release the movie on Video in 1989 (2 years after it was completed), and the limited 1 week theatrical run in January was done to boost the marketability of the film on VHS (the USA video cover of the film highlights and advertises the fact that the film was released theatrically). It is assumed that the USA theatrical market was simply not ready for the Hong Kong style action (wire work etc.) in 1989, until this style was eventually made popular by 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon', 10 years later. See more »
Obvious stunt doubles when Loren Avedon and Max Thayer climb up the waterfall. See more »
The song "Everywhere With You" by Lisa Donovan Lukas & David Spear is played on the closing credits of the Australian video release, but a different non-vocal instrumental tune is played for the official Australian DVD release. See more »
Good action film benefits from Corey Yuen's involvement
Thanks to Corey Yuen's direction, the fight and stunt choreography in "No Reatreat, No Surrender 2" are clearly superior to those in most American low-budget action movies. Yuen knows how to shoot action, and how to take the best from each of his stars. Loren Avedon looks a little goofy at first, but when he gets into action mode you know he means business! Thayer has a solid presence as his partner. Cynthia Rothrock looks cute, is even allowed to show a comic flair, and her fighting is at its sharpest here. And Matthias Hues is a great, overpowering villain. The only downsides to the film are a somewhat meandering plot, and maybe a tendency towards overlength. (**1/2)
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