Either way you kick it, 'No Retreat, No Surrender' is a terrific piece of hokum kung-fu fun. Jason, however, has made fast friends with R. At worst you have lead Kurt McKinney, whose acting skill never exceeds the level of high school theater department. Fails a wise-cracking, breakdancing neighborhood kid and they form an immediate friendship. The footage is significantly more grainy and dirty compared to other sections of the film. Let that sink in for a little bit.
He's constantly shoveling cake and burgers down his mouth and smearing condiments all over his face as he does it. . Jason is forced to submit to a trial by combat against the syndicate champion, Ivan, an unstoppable butcher who has made mincemeat out of all the black belts he s faced before and there s no retreat and no surrender. Generally, the International Cut contains quite a few extra scenes that flesh out the story, some better than others. Fails dresses like Michael Jackson, and the overall 80s-in-overdrive feeling that permeates the movie.
The cast is almost exclusively made up of non-actors with strong martial arts skills, and it shows. Extras Rating: The crowning jewel of the set is the inclusion of that alternate, 94-minute international cut of the film. With a renewed confidence in himself and his abilities, Jason patches things up with his girlfriend, makes amends with dad, and even prepares to reassert himself back among the karate community. Can someone recommend a good place to buy this from? Both first reels are a bit grainy. The International version is considerably longer, and features some different scenes and different music. On the other hand, they're also showpieces, an exposé of raw athleticism and talent. On the fantasy angle of things, there's some genuinely nice sentiment from the moments where the spirit of Bruce Lee trains our headstrong Jason played by newcomer Kurt McKinney.
Apparently, Bruce is quite bitter about his death, despises the afterlife, and therefore takes out his frustrations on witless teenagers. I had to get it and add to my collection. He handles the martial arts action and fight choreography like the pro that he is, delivering some seriously hot fight scenes and a whole lot of hand to hand carnage. It's nice to be able to compare the two. In 1986, famed Hong Kong director Corey Yuen sought to break into the American action movie market with 'No Retreat, No Surrender' starring two up and coming action stars, Kurt McKinney and some guy by the name of Jean-Claude Van Damme.
I was really hoping for the shorter amazing U. He talks about where some of the ideas for the storyline came from, his experiences working on the picture and his thoughts on the finished produced. Audio Commentary: Screenwriter Keith W. While grain is present and showcases some strong detail levels, the image has several softness issues peppered throughout and darkly-lit sequences tend to suffer. This is all shot expertly and edited in such a way as to maximize each and every landed blow.
Maybe the upcoming edition you guys are waiting for beats the hell out of this one. Jason's also tough enough to take down Scott and his pals. One of my classmates, Peter and his younger brother Johnny , had discovered it at our local video store and they told me that it was about a kid that learned Karate from the ghost of Bruce Lee. He's as cocky as he's ever been here, working the ropes and, of course, doing the splits at one point. The guy was in great shape and had some serious moves and director Cory Yuen working in the United States for the first time after a lengthy career in Hong Kong exploits this well.
Kathie Sileno is pretty vacant, but that's more the fault of the fact that her character basically shows up out of nowhere and is poorly written. Comically the international version excludes this scene all together so you never meet Kelly prior to the birthday fight and are left wondering who the hell she is or why Dean seems intent on kicking the crap out of Jason. Time will tell on the 6th of March. To list them chronologically, Jason's father karate champion Timothy Baker fights an invading thug and Van Damme, McKinney is confronted by Peter Cunningham in a one-sided but very technical exhibition match, Jason and his father take on a group of alley thugs wherein McKinney really begins to shine with some awesome kicks, a series of three fights wherein Van Damme takes on Dale Jacoby , Cunningham, and tang soo do expert Ron Pohnel the third of which is probably the best fight of the movie , and the final emotional confrontation between McKinney and Van Damme. Yeah fine, it's a goofy piece of ultra-eighties jingoistic nonsense but it's full of quirky, memorable characters, wonderfully preposterous situations and seriously solid fight choreography. And then there was something about the kid having to fight a Russian! Sneak peek: it involves Cambodian pirates. Those hoping to see Van Damme in his first starring role play the lead in this one will be disappointed, as he's definitely more of a supporting player here but he does make quite an impression in the finale where he basically kicks the snot out of everyone until Jason gets in the ring with him.
I am a bit disappointed with the international cut. It is certainly watchable if you have the right expectations. When the movie titles start you are met with a grainy image, After the intro scenes however the picture quality improves dramatically and made for some pleasant viewing. Either way, I suppose the amount guilty pleasure you get out of any respective cut may be based on what you grew up on. Even still, the overall presentation feels bland and muddy and certainly makes the film feel like a product of the mid-eighties, for better or worse. It's more like an instructional video than an actual film! Can't have everything I guess.
The ghost of Bruce Lee. Did I mention the ghost of Bruce Lee? Stuffing his face with a large chocolate cake, and watching from across the street is Scotty Kent Lipham ; the fat, antagonistic bully that seems to hate R. When Everything Is On The Line, There Can Be. Whether or not you should be interested in buying the film depends on your tolerance of cinematic cheese and whether or not you're willing to accept it, either as a complementary side or a grain of salt, alongside the action scenes. It's quite clear that McKinney knew his stuff and is impressive during these montage moments and the following fight scenes. It's tough to keep a Karate dojo honest. I have yet to view the follow-ups but I have little doubt that they rip-off better, more established Chuck Norris action films based on their synopses.