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Wake of Death (2004)

R  |   |  Action, Drama  |  19 January 2005 (France)
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After his wife is brutally murdered, an ex-cop wages war against the Chinese triads.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sun Quan
Philip Tan ...
Claude Hernandez ...
Cynthia Archer
Anthony Fridjhon ...
Max (as Anthony Fridjohn)
Danny Keogh ...
Mac Hoggins
Pierre Marais ...
Nicholas Archer
Warrick Grier ...
Da Costa
Andy Wang
Jacqueline Chan ...
Mamma Li (as Jacqui Chan)
Tommy Li
Joon Chong ...
Kim's Mother


Ben Archer is a thug/enforcer for a criminal organization. Tiring of the work, he tells his coworkers that he's ready to retire. His wife Cynthia is a social worker for the INS. She brings a Chinese refugee girl to their home. Soon, Sun Quan wants his daughter back. Cynthia Archer is murdered, and Ben's son Nicholas disappears, along with the Chinese girl. Ben must save the children and avenge his wife's murder. Written by Ken Miller <>

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Revenge is all he has left.


Action | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence, language and sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

19 January 2005 (France)  »

Also Known As:

After Death  »

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Box Office


$14,000,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Ringo Lam was the original director but he left the project after a few weeks of filming in Canada. See more »


Toward the final scene of the movie there is an explosion which sets some of the villains on fire. After the explosion, lying on the ground and in full view for several seconds, one of the villains/stuntmen is shown wearing his red fireproof stunt suit. See more »


Ben Archer: [while interrogating and torchuring Hoggins] Hey Tony, I think he wants to call the police
Tony: [Sarcastically] Give him a fucking quarter then
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Referenced in Making of 'Wake of Death' (2004) See more »


Trans Fatty Acid
Performed by Lamb
© Warner/Chappell Music Ltd
By kind permission of Warner/Chappell Music Ltd
Written by Andrew Barlow (as Barlow, A.) / Lou Rhodes (as Rhodes, L)
Courtesy of Mercury Records Limited (London)
Licensed by kind permission of The Universal Film and TV Licensing Division
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Van Damme is back!
4 January 2005 | by (WI.) – See all my reviews

It was great to finally see the new Van Damme movie. I enjoyed this better than his previosu 1 - IN HELL.

Acting by VD was very good, along with everyone else. Though, the editing was choppy in some places, everything else abiut the movie was fine with me. Despite the fact that 'The End' shows up, when I thought it was pointless to put that up. It could have gone straight to the credits.

This is still 1 of Van Damme's best movies in a while.

This is the best action movie of 2004. This really should have gone to theatres here, considering how much crap that Hollywood releases now.

This is a must see, for Van Damme fans & action fans.

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