No Retreat, No Surrender (1986)
NO RETREAT, NO SURRENDER (1986)
Starring: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Kurt McKinney
Directed by Corey Yuen (The Transporter, The Legend)
The Texas Theatre and Tuesday Night Trash at Texas Theatre teams up with Ultimate Action Movie Club to bring an 80’s martial arts classic back to the big screen at the Texas Theatre. Written and directed by award-winning fight choreographer and stuntman Corey Yuen, NO RETREAT, NO SURRENDER packs a big punch with the first appearance of Jean-Claude Van Damme as a main character, Ivan “The Russian” Kraschinsky. In this early role, The Muscles from Brussels brings the swagger and all the signature moves we know and love.
With JCVD as the baddie, we’ve got a real underdog of a good guy, Jason Stilwell (Kurt McKinney). He’s an All-American kid with a Bruce Lee obsession and a problem with getting roughed up by the local bullies. Will his martial arts training be enough to help him triumph in the ring and on the streets?
NO RETREAT, NO SURRENDER harkens back to a decade when we all knew who the bad guys were – Russians – and we knew how to beat ‘em – good ol’ fashioned butt-kickin’!