Well before Bloodsport, Kickboxer and Cyborg established Jean-Claude Van Damme as a major international action star, No Retreat No Surrender showcased his remarkable martial arts skills as menacing, muscle-bound villain Ivan 'The Russian' Kraschinski.
Young Jason Stillwell (Kurt McKinney) lives and breathes martial arts. A self-confessed Bruce Lee fanatic, he worships the legendary superstar - striving to one day be just like his hero.
But when his karate teacher is run out of town by the local crime syndicate, Jason is mysteriously visited by the spirit of Bruce Lee, inspired and guided through the ancient secrets of martial arts.
Enrolling at another gym, run by US National Champion Ian Reilly, Jason faces the same stifling predicament - with the crime syndicate muscling in for total control. Fed up with being messed around, Jason decides to make a stand in a trial by combat scenario. But when the syndicate unveil their secret weapon - Ivan 'The Russian' Kraschinski (Jean-Claude Van Damme) it is clear that there will be No Retreat No Surrender.