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Continuing the Action 100

  • Aaron F.

    Months ago I had come across a blog that I love and frequent regularly, AOBG .  This is a blog devoted to action movies.  The content on this site is well worth the visit, everything from reviews to kill counts.  One thing they do have is a yearly action Top 100 movies which I have vowed to get through (only films I haven’t seen).  This is a great way to get new ideas, etc for shirts hence the Chow Yun Fat shirt that I decided to make after watching “Hard Boiled”.  This week I am going to watch “No Retreat, No Surrender 2: Raging Thunder.”
    If you are unfamiliar with the “No Retreat, No Surrender” series, you are in for a treat.  I’m not sure of the premise of the sequel, but the first movie is amazing.  The movie features Van Damme as the villain, who really only has a limited role in the movie and doesn’t get too much screen time.  It’s one of his first films so he doesn’t really have many lines either.  The movie focus’s around Jason, the son of a Karate teacher who is forced to move his family because of threats from a Seattle crime syndicate who just so happens to have a top martial artist of their own on their roster, Ivan from Russia (Van Damme).  Jason and his family move into a new neighborhood, where Jason spends his time hanging out in an abandoned house training in the martial arts….by himself….with Bruce Lee’s ghost.  It’s amazing.
   Although I have a hard time seeing how a sequel to this masterpiece could be any good, I will have to try an block out the first film to give this movie a chance.  If you have seen the second, feel free to leave some thoughts on it!