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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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Karen Lee
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Detective Ling Ho
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Eddie Wang
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Skinny
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Karl (as Raymond Leslie Nicholas)
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Skaar (as Jeff Joseph Wolfe)
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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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Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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$10,076,136 (USA) (30 October 1998)
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Trivia

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 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

Tommy Hendricks: You're never gonna get away with this.
Karen Lee: They're already getting away with it.
Tommy Hendricks: I know. I'm trying to mind fuck them. On the placement test at Langley, I was off the chart in verbal skills.
Karen Lee: [shouting] Can I die alone, please?
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Connections

Featured in Dans la peau de Jean-Claude Van Damme (2003) 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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Seriously. This was a great movie.
10 March 1999 | by (Arizona) – See all my reviews

I don't mean to offend the few people out there who enjoyed this movie, but when I first saw this film, I didn't like it. But I was at my video store, and I was still attracted by the cover of the movie so I decided to rent it again. And this is after I read the positive comments. I felt so different from the last time I watched this movie. I was enjoying it. I thought "Man! I was stupid!" This movie was funny. I didn't like Rob Shnieder at the beginning, but I liked him this time. He was playing his role as the comic relief guy right this time. I like Jean-Claude Van-Damme. I think he's a cool actor. The only reason why the movie haters don't like him is because of his accent. I think his accent's cool, After this, I'm gonna start sending my comments to Van Damme movies. The action sequences were awesome. The chases, fight scenes, gun battles, all great. I loved the direction by Tsui Hark. His camera angles, the zoom-ins, the stobes, tracers, slow-motion, it was so cool. I was like: "Woa! That was cool that zoom in on the inside of electronics and stuff!" This movie was so much fun. This is the kind of action movie I wanted to see. I loved it. I've totally forgotten how I didn't like this movie in the past. I like a good movie. I like movies such as "Titanic," Schindler's List," L.A. Confidential," "Citizen Kane," and "The Godfather."


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