An Oral History of One of the 80s Most Underrated Action Movies: "One of the most under-appreciated action B movies of the 1980s features Cold War fever, the ghost of Bruce Lee, and the major acting debut of one of the most prolific action stars of the last three decades. It wasn’t the first American martial arts film, and it doesn’t rank as the best, but the 1986 film No Retreat, No Surrender is a unique work of the genre.
Years before Yuen Woo-ping’s fight choreography graced multiplexes with 1999’s The Matrix, a group of Chinese filmmakers sought to blend American martial artists and settings with the prevailing Hong Kong action style of the era. Unlike other early American chopsocky films, it wasn’t produced by Cannon Films or directed by Robert Clouse. Instead, it was a Chinese studio’s cinematic response to a wildly popular American movie that had poached story elements from a Jackie Chan film they had released six years earlier."