No Retreat, No Surrender (1986)

PG | 90 mins | Drama | 2 May 1986

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HISTORY

A 25 Jan 1986 Screen International brief announced that New World Pictures had acquired domestic distribution rights to No Retreat, No Surrender.
       In opening credits, Keith Strandberg’s name appears with the middle initial “W,” but in end credits, he is listed without the initial. End credits list Jean Claude Van Damme’s character as “Karl Brezdin,” while opening credits state: "And Jean-Claude Van Damme as 'Ivan, the Russian.'" In the film, he is referred to as “’Ivan the Russian’ Krushinsky." Also, "Bar thug #2, "Bar thug #3," and "Bar thug #4" are listed incorrectly as "Bar tung #2,” “Bar tung #3,” and “Bar tung #4."
       The following acknowledgments appear in end credits: “Seasonal Films Corporation wishes to thank the following for their services and cooperation in the production of this film: Tennessee Gin & Cotton Co. as per agreement, Howard Hanson/World Karate/
W. K. A., L. A. Boys and Girls ... More Less

A 25 Jan 1986 Screen International brief announced that New World Pictures had acquired domestic distribution rights to No Retreat, No Surrender.
       In opening credits, Keith Strandberg’s name appears with the middle initial “W,” but in end credits, he is listed without the initial. End credits list Jean Claude Van Damme’s character as “Karl Brezdin,” while opening credits state: "And Jean-Claude Van Damme as 'Ivan, the Russian.'" In the film, he is referred to as “’Ivan the Russian’ Krushinsky." Also, "Bar thug #2, "Bar thug #3," and "Bar thug #4" are listed incorrectly as "Bar tung #2,” “Bar tung #3,” and “Bar tung #4."
       The following acknowledgments appear in end credits: “Seasonal Films Corporation wishes to thank the following for their services and cooperation in the production of this film: Tennessee Gin & Cotton Co. as per agreement, Howard Hanson/World Karate/
W. K. A., L. A. Boys and Girls Club.” More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
5 May 1986.
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Los Angeles Times
6 May 1986
p. 2.
New York Times
17 May 1986
p. 13.
Screen International
25 Jan 1986.
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Variety
21 May 1986
p. 24.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
Seasonal Films present
An Ng See Yuen Production
A Seasonal Film Corporation Release
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Unit prod mgr
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
2d asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITERS
Orig story
Orig story
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Dir of photog
Cam op
Cam op
Cam asst
Cam asst
Cam asst
Cam asst
Key grip
Key grip
Gaffer
Gaffer
Still photog
Best boy
Best boy
Best boy
Best boy
FILM EDITORS
Co-ed
Asst ed
Film ed
Film ed
SET DECORATORS
Prop master
Prop asst
COSTUMES
Ward supv
Ward supv
MUSIC
Supv mus ed
Mus comp and performed by
SOUND
Supv sd ed
Boom op
Audio eng
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
Titles and opticals
DANCE
Martial arts choreog
MAKEUP
Makeup
Makeup
Hairstylist
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod exec
Prod exec
Prod coord
Prod asst
Prod secy
Casting
Casting
Casting
Scr supv
Extras casting
Extras casting
Elec equip
Grip equip
STAND INS
Stunts
Stunts
SOURCES
SONGS
"Hold On To The Vision" (Main Theme), music and lyrics by Frank Harris and Jo Mortensen, produced by Frank Harris, sung by Kevin Chalfant
"Ask Me To Stay," music and lyrics by Frank Harris and Jo Mortensen, produced by Frank Harris, sung by Kelli Stiles
"A Bottle And A Song," written by Frank Harris and Mary Reynolds, sung by Mary Reynolds
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SONGS
"Hold On To The Vision" (Main Theme), music and lyrics by Frank Harris and Jo Mortensen, produced by Frank Harris, sung by Kevin Chalfant
"Ask Me To Stay," music and lyrics by Frank Harris and Jo Mortensen, produced by Frank Harris, sung by Kelli Stiles
"A Bottle And A Song," written by Frank Harris and Mary Reynolds, sung by Mary Reynolds
"Close To You," written by Frank Harris and M. J. Lallo, sung by M. J. Lallo.
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DETAILS
Release Date:
2 May 1986
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles opening: 2 May 1986
New York opening: 16 May 1986
Copyright Claimant:
Seasonal Film Corporation
Copyright Date:
27 May 1986
Copyright Number:
PA297748
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Eastmancolor®
Prints
Consolidated Film, Inc.
Duration(in mins):
90
MPAA Rating:
PG
Countries:
China, United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

Karate teacher Tom Stillwell reprimands his teenage son, Jason, for not following instructions in class. At the end of class, a New York mafia boss hoping to use Tom’s business as a drug front approaches him. Tom declares that no amount of money will convince him to join the boss’s organization. One of the boss’s thugs challenges Tom, but is overpowered. A second gangster, Ivan “the Russian” Krushinsky, steps in and attacks Tom. Ivan crushes Tom’s knee, and Tom writhes in pain. Jason runs to help his father and strikes Ivan, who immobilizes Jason’s hand with his fist. In the hospital, recovering from a broken leg, Tom decides to close his karate school. He relocates the family to Seattle, Washington. As Jason unpacks, teenage neighbor R. J. Madison offers to help. Jason shows him karate equipment set up in the garage, and R. J. gets hit in the face by a leather ball. He recovers quickly and shows off some breakdancing moves. When R. J. claims he has friends who are have second degree black belts, Jason responds that he has not earned his yet, but someday he will be like his hero, Bruce Lee. Knowing the martial artist is buried in Seattle, Jason asks R. J. to show him the site. At night, Jason practices karate moves in the garage, and reads books about Bruce Lee’s technique. The next day, a teenage neighbor named Scott sprays R. J. with a garden hose as he rides by on his skateboard. Scott wrestles R. J. to the ground, but R. J. breaks free. A chase ensues. As R.J. escapes, Scott threatens that he will get revenge. Later, Jason ... +


Karate teacher Tom Stillwell reprimands his teenage son, Jason, for not following instructions in class. At the end of class, a New York mafia boss hoping to use Tom’s business as a drug front approaches him. Tom declares that no amount of money will convince him to join the boss’s organization. One of the boss’s thugs challenges Tom, but is overpowered. A second gangster, Ivan “the Russian” Krushinsky, steps in and attacks Tom. Ivan crushes Tom’s knee, and Tom writhes in pain. Jason runs to help his father and strikes Ivan, who immobilizes Jason’s hand with his fist. In the hospital, recovering from a broken leg, Tom decides to close his karate school. He relocates the family to Seattle, Washington. As Jason unpacks, teenage neighbor R. J. Madison offers to help. Jason shows him karate equipment set up in the garage, and R. J. gets hit in the face by a leather ball. He recovers quickly and shows off some breakdancing moves. When R. J. claims he has friends who are have second degree black belts, Jason responds that he has not earned his yet, but someday he will be like his hero, Bruce Lee. Knowing the martial artist is buried in Seattle, Jason asks R. J. to show him the site. At night, Jason practices karate moves in the garage, and reads books about Bruce Lee’s technique. The next day, a teenage neighbor named Scott sprays R. J. with a garden hose as he rides by on his skateboard. Scott wrestles R. J. to the ground, but R. J. breaks free. A chase ensues. As R.J. escapes, Scott threatens that he will get revenge. Later, Jason places a bouquet of Bruce Lee’s favorite flowers no his grave, and asks Bruce’s help to give him the courage and strength to fight for what he believes. Jason finds Scott beating R. J. in the parking lot of a fast food restaurant, and uses his karate skills to defend his friend. Jason and Scott trade insults, and Scott’s friends join the fracas. The restaurant owner finally breaks up the fight. Later, Tom reprimands his son for fighting like a street punk. On television, Jason and R. J. see a local martial artist, sensei Ian Reilly, win a national competition in Las Vegas, Nevada. Jason and R.J. visit Ian’s dojo, where assistant instructor Dean Ramsey invites Jason to try a class. As Jason changes, Scott, who is a student there, tells Dean that Jason picked a fight with him, claiming that Seattle karate was inferior. Scott accuses Jason of being a dirty fighter. Before class begins, Dean invites his best student, Frank, to fight Jason. Jason is surprised to be thrust into a fight until he sees Scott grinning at him. Frank kicks Jason to the floor three times. As he returns for a fourth round, R. J. stops the fight, and the friends escape. At a birthday party for Ian Reilly’s sister, Kelly, Dean brags to his friends that tonight he will “get lucky.” Dean flirts with Kelly, but she is unimpressed by his big ego. Ian gives Kelly the trophy from his recent competition. He soon receives an anonymous telephone call, demanding that he appear at his karate studio in thirty minutes. As Jason gives Kelly a live baby rabbit for her birthday, they kiss. Dean and Scott catch them, but Scott persuades Dean not to fight Jason yet. At Ian’s karate studio, the New York mafia boss arrives and announces that he plans to take over the town. Ian switches into fighter mode and lands a few punches, but the gangster makes it clear that he will not stop until he succeeds. Although Kelly tells Dean she met Jason the previous summer, Dean warns Jason that Kelly is his girl. Dean beats Jason, and humiliates him until Kelly slaps him in the face. She chases after Jason to apologize, but he believes she set him up, and drives off. Jason visits Bruce Lee’s grave, and complains that everything is going wrong. He pleads to Lee for help. Back at the Stillwell house, Tom bans Jason from training in the garage after he discovers his son has been in another fight. Jason wants to talk, but Tom refuses, and rips apart Jason’s Bruce Lee memorabilia. Jason runs to R. J.’s house for help. He suggests they move Jason’s equipment to a nearby abandoned house. After Jason sends R. J. home, he sets up the equipment and tapes his posters back on the walls. He falls asleep reading a book by Bruce Lee, but is awakened by a blinding light. The ghost of sensei Bruce Lee appears, and offers to train him. As Lee watches Jason punch, he points out his weaknesses. Lee shows Jason that he leads with his shoulder, which gives his opponent more time to react. A direct punch with more concentrated power will be more effective, as “chi” equals power. Training begins in earnest the next day. Lee demands that Jason become more spontaneous, and anticipate many different types of moves from his opponents. Lee fills the abandoned house with hanging sandbags, telling Jason they represent adversaries. He explains that Jason’s eyes have to see all around him, and he must be aware of all sounds. When R. J. visits Jason, he thinks his friend is talking to himself. As the training continues, Lee teaches Jason to expect the unexpected. At a local pub, Tom Stillwell tends bar, enduring taunts from a drunken customer. The customer pours beer over his head, belittling Tom’s karate talent, and Tom throws him out. Later, after Jason successfully learns how to free his leg from an attacker’s grasp, Lee disappears. The next day, when Jason picks up his father from work, he sees Tom being attacked by the belligerent customer and his three friends. With his powerful punches and kicks, Jason saves his father’s life, and comments that there are times when fighting is necessary. Tom apologizes to his son for getting in the way of his martial arts dream, and tells Jason he is proud of him. Later, as R. J. breakdances at a discotheque, Jason and Kelly refuse to speak to each other. R. J. gets a few friends to pair up Jason and Kelly on the dance floor. Jason apologizes for his past behavior, and they kiss. Meanwhile, Ian Reilly arranges for his team to fight the New York boss’s team in a kickboxing match to determine the fate of his karate school. Both teams are introduced in the ring, but the boss pushes aside the master of ceremonies, and announces a change in the lineup. Ivan Krushinsky will fight instead of another team member, despite audience protests. Jason remembers how Ivan earlier hurt his father and warns Kelly’s brother, Ian, who is confident he can beat the Russian. In the first round, Ivan lands two kicks to Dean’s chest. The second kick propels Dean out of the ring, ending the fight. In the second bout, Ivan delivers an unusual thigh kick to Frank’s face, knocking him unconscious. Next, Ian begins his fight, and avoids Ivan’s kicks. Ian lands a powerful kick to Ivan’s face. Ivan retaliates by kicking Ian’s back, and chest. He corners Ian and pummels him. When the referee tries to break up the action, Ivan kicks him in the chest, propelling him out of ring. As Ian is badly beaten, Kelly tries to stop the fight, but Ivan grabs her by the hair. Jason jumps into the ring to save Kelly, and Ivan recognizes him. Jason skillfully avoids Ivan’s kicks. Ivan compliments Jason’s fighting, then removes his shirt and boxing gloves. The match continues, and Ivan tangles Jason in the ropes, but R. J. yells out “No retreat, no surrender,” inspiring Jason to fight back. Jason lands a series of punches at Ivan, and easily escapes when Ivan grabs him by the leg. Jason kicks Ivan’s jaw, sending him flying out of the ring. The crowd tosses Jason victoriously in the air. +

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