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No Retreat, No Surrender [Region 2]

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[NON-U.S. FORMAT (PAL) Region 2 U.K. Import - This will not play on U.S./Canada DVD players or those from most other countries outside of Europe. You would need a "multi-region" or "region-free" PAL compatible DVD player or computer.] SYNOPSIS: Martial arts pupil Jason Stockwell pits his newly acquired skills against a local crime syndicate when his karate teacher is run out of town. (Note: Please be aware there are substantial differences between this DVD and the original VHS release. For the DVD some additional scenes were added back into the movie as well as a new soundtrack and voice for Bruce Lee.)

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  • Actors: Kurt McKinney, Jean-Claude Van Damme, J.W. Fails, Kathie Sileno, Tae-jeong Kim
  • Directors: Corey Yuen
  • Writers: Corey Yuen, See-Yuen Ng, Keith W. Strandberg
  • Producers: See-Yuen Ng
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (119 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002848WQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,193 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "No Retreat, No Surrender [Region 2]" on IMDb

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39 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Crazy Jim on June 17, 2003
Format: VHS Tape
Where do I begin? This movie is one of those memorable martial arts sagas that only comes across once in a great while. Where else would I have learned that "karate is not to be used aggressively"?
This movie deals with the serious conflict in the late 80's when Russian crime syndicates attempted to take over several karate schools in the Western United States.
Anyways, this film is so full of classic material, I don't know where to start.
*The unbelievable sidekick, R.J. Madison who steals the show and breaks a few shelves with a freestyle combined with some break-dancing moves.
*A father's tough decision to leave his karate school to start a new life in Seattle as a bartender at a bar that does not allow dogs or "customers under the age of 2".
*R.J. & Jason declaring "No Retreat, No Surrender", only to be sent running away, seconds later by a 40-year-old Burger King employee.
*The controversial second coming of Bruce Lee (whose figure and bad dubbing seem to have changed since we last saw him).
Such great one-liners as
"Alright, who pee'd in the pool?"
"Jason, what are you doing?"
"I'm gonna be back and I'll get you".
"Check me out, dudes".
"CHI POWER!"
Many more memorable lines and moments in this comin-of-age tale of karate, jheri-curls, and palm streets in Seattle.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Gene Ford on September 28, 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I've compared both VHS and DVD versions of this movie and I must admit that other than one small scene between Kelly and the boy training being cut, this dvd version has a lot more to offer than the VHS version. There are a lot more deleted scenes that weren't in the VHS version fully restored to this dvd version. So If you still believe in karate movies and love them as I do, then you should buy this dvd movie. I think you won't be disappointed! Long live karate and Bruce Lee!!!!!!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Tim Burgess on April 29, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
No retreat No Surrender is one of the greatest movies of the 20th century, without a doubt. Jason Stillwell is a "Bruce Lee freak" and a karate practitioner at his father's Dojo, "Sherman Oaks Karate." The only problem is; as his father puts it, he needs to " Get with the program! This is not Bruce Lee's Jeet Kune Do." When some east coast thugs try to strongarm Mr. Stillwell into surrendering his dojo, Sensei Stillwell tries to fend them off and uses his karate for defense only, but has his leg broken by Ivan "The Russian." This leads him to move the family to Kingswood, Washington and to a new life for them all. Jason just wants to start anew and when he befriends Rayford Jefferson Madison III(RJ for short), he has found a friend for life. Jason shows RJ a thing or two about karate; and Jason learns a thing or 2 about breakdancing. RJ shows him some dance moves, and what makes this movie so special is that RJ(who is black) turns into a white guy while doing some dance moves. All seems well in Kingswood, until Scott("Stick with me kids and you'll never go hungry")starts trouble. RJ is mysteriously wandering in the parking lot of a local burger joint, when trouble starts. Scott says "There's that slimeball, RJ." When one of Scott's disciples asks "Hey Scott, why do you hate that kid RJ so much?"; Scott defiantly retorts, "I've got my reasons." Scott and his thugs then corner RJ, but Jason who also happens to be wandering in the same parking lot, comes to help RJ. RJ then declares "No Retreat No Surrender!" By uttering those words an inseparable bond is formed. I never knew there were palm trees in Washington, but this is one of the many suprises of this movie.Read more ›
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By markcampbell@mail.utexas.edu on July 19, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
Good v. Evil; America v. USSR; New York v. Seattle; Aggressive Karate v. karate for defense only. This important movie from visionary Ng Se Yung will surely become one of our era's lasting contributions to western thought. From the dazzling footwork of Peter 'sugarfoot' Cunningham ("Hey, I'm nobody's lunch), to the stinging sarcastic wit of Dean "Shooting Star" Ramsey ("L.A. karate...I'm impressed" {see, he really wasn't impressed}); from the emotional father/son struggle ("we'll start calling it your house when you start paying the rent"),to the lasting bond of friendship of Jason/R.J.III ("Don't worry, R.J. will provide"); NRNS has it all. It would be a shame if 100 gaping editing blunders were to overshadow what this film is all about: Protecting seattle karate from the very real threat of an NYC/Russia takeover. So what if the punching bag Jason "kicks open" is already cut in half; and so what if Mr. Stillwell breaks his knee and wears a cast that only covers his shin; and who cares if you can see the karate class in the window's reflection after class has already been dismissed; and pardon me for not lamenting over the fact that Scott's father gets thrown out of a bar into the dark of night when it was broad daylight 2 minutes before. These are minor points that should not distract us from Yung's message. Thank you Mr. Yung. Thank you Mr. Mckinney. God bless seattle karate and God bless the USA!
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Region 1 format?
I know you posted years ago, but unless you've found a copy by now that I don't know about, I think it's safe to say the only Region 1 (or Region-free) copies out there are bootlegs. At this point, the most we can hope for is that it gets a Blu-Ray release, like "The Perfect Weapon." If... Read More
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