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Knock Off (1998)

R  |   |  Action, Comedy, Thriller  |  4 September 1998 (USA)
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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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Storyline

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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4 September 1998 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$10,076,136 (USA) (30 October 1998)
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Jet Li was supposed to play the role of "Inspector Han" but he turned it down last minute to do Lethal Weapon 4 (1998) instead. See more »

Goofs

(at around 18 mins) Jean-Claude Van Damme tries to stop a black van by hooking his rickshaw onto the side mirrors of a van whose driver is a Caucasian. In the next shot (15:25), the driver turns into a Chinese stunt double. See more »

Quotes

Marcus Ray: It still doesn't prove his a knock off artist.
Karen Lee: Why are you defending the gangster? Looks like he's screwing us.
Tommy Hendricks: Oh no, with Eddie it's more like date rape.
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Crazy Mood
Words and Music by Caroly Larson and Gabe Lee
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Produced by Stephen Traub
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Genuine Hong Kong action from Hollywood!
27 March 1999 | by (Seattle, WA) – See all my reviews

Sure it's bad. If you aren't expecting a bad film, then you really don't like HK action films, do you? Tsui Hark is the only HK action director I've seen to get a Hollywood cast to perform action sequences with a real HK sensibility! John Woo's Hollywood films are trying too hard to be good, and the action suffers. With Knock Off, Tsui Hark delivers just the sort of dizzying, senseless, impeccably-timed, and frenetically-paced action we've come to expect from Hong Kong directors.


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