No Retreat, No Surrender ★★½

I feel like Corey Yuen and writer-producer Ng See-yuen are dumbing down their material for an American audience. It's a cheapo variation on The Karate Kid with long boring sequences of bullying followed by a big training montage. But at least the Miyagi figure is the ghost of Bruce Lee, hallucinated by the young man after his various teen traumas. Also there is breakdancing.

The best part is Jean-Claude Van Damme, in an early villain performance explicitly aping Lundgen's Rocky IV Ivan Drago. He's a blankly stone-faced menace throughout the movie, until the final fight, where he suddenly turns it up to 11, contorting his face like an anguished cartoon. He's magnetic.