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Action star Jean Claude Van Damme plays a fashion designer who must join forces with a C.I.A. agent to combat terrorism.

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A Hong Kong fashion designer (Jean Claude Van Damme, if you can believe that billing) who had previously been involved in knock offs of major label merchandise, such as "Pumma" running shoes, attempts to go straight with the help of his new partner (Rob Schneider), who is secretly an undercover CIA agent involved in an investigation of the black market. Their main product, jeans, is involved in the knock offs, which brings a representative (Lela Rochon) of the American company to investigate. Paul Sorvino also appears as the head of the CIA operation in Hong Kong. However, just as Schneider is not as he initially seems, everyone in the film switches roles by film's end. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Rated R for continuous violence and brief language | See all certifications »

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$35,000,000 (estimated)

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$5,516,231 (USA) (4 September 1998)

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$10,076,136 (USA) (30 October 1998)
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Jean-Claude Van Damme and Lela Rochon both made their first big screen appearances in Breakin' (1984), though both were in uncredited roles. See more »

Goofs

(at around 47 mins) The camera for Rob Schneider's scene is visible on the building at the top left of the screen. See more »

Quotes

Harry Johanson: Once we have our little baby bombs all over the U.S., they'll be a monthly satellite bill that would make HBO green with envy. A hundred million dollars a month. And if they don't pay, we send the detonation signal... and good-bye, yellow brick road.
Tommy Hendricks: Good-bye, yellow brick road? Better buy some new CD's, Harry. It's pathetic.
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Referenced in Samyy luchshiy film 3-DE (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Ten Girls
Music and Lyrics by Samuel Hui
Original Publisher/Chappell Music, HK Ltd.
Arranged by Ying-Wah Wong (as Raymond Wong)
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Really fun action movie gets no respect!
25 June 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I can understand why people would like to knock Knock-Off but as an action film it is brilliant. There are some really well planned out shots and the fight scenes were top notch as well. The movie starts at a fast pace and keeps it up for the whole picture. The supporting cast is wonderful here the movie actually has some good character development. I like the fact that Van Damme isn't the only hero here. Rob Schneider is very funny plays the part well as does Lela Rochon, Paul Sorvino, and Michael Wong. That's a good cast right there! The movie is also a good take on the ever-present knock-off artists that flood Hong Kong, as well as most big cities with cheap brand name crap.

"Lets put bombs in the knock-offs so we can threaten the entire world!" Not a bad idea for an action movie. I thought that the Russian bad guys were aptly stereotypical and I especially liked the "Coughing Guy" character.

Visually, the movie is crazy. There are some innovative shots here, like the inside the shoe shot, the inside the gun shot, and my favorite, the what's inside of the box shot. It makes me love this movie even more! So don't knock down Knock Off until you give it a chance. See it for the humor and the wacky plot, appreciate it for the cinematography and fight scenes, and enjoy it for all it's worth. There's a lot going on in this movie. Tsui Hark's direction is always fresh and fast paced, so if you liked any of his other movies, you'll appreciate this offering. One of my all time favorites.


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