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After his wife is brutally murdered, an ex-cop wages war against the Chinese triads.

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Sun Quan
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Han
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Kim
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Tony
Claude Hernandez ...
Raymond
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Cynthia Archer
Anthony Fridjhon ...
Max (as Anthony Fridjohn)
Danny Keogh ...
Mac Hoggins
Pierre Marais ...
Nicholas Archer
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Da Costa
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Andy Wang
Jacqueline Chan ...
Mamma Li (as Jacqui Chan)
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Tommy Li
Joon Chong ...
Kim's Mother
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Storyline

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 <wkmiller704@yahoo.com>

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Revenge is all he has left.

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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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$14,000,000 (estimated)
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After Ringo Lam left the project, Cess Silvera was brought in to direct, but was fired after two weeks of filming in Cape Town, South Africa. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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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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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Very Good Action Movie... **Rent It**
20 January 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Well, what can I say? Straight to video releases are always looked at strangely. I myself are guilty of thinking "The movie cant be that good if it didn't get shown at the Cinema!". I was totally Wrong with Wake Of Death...

This is a great Movie! Van Damme is basically "EXCELLENT". Lisa King who plays Cynthia Archer, Van Damme's wife is quite poor and the Cheapo acting kind of shines in her scenes. She is very basic and really, isn't very good.

Your Probably thinking "This don't sound too good from what I've said but wait, let me continue!".

The Action is excellently balanced in the Movie. The Story is constantly moving in the right direction and you never really lose feel of where things are going! Also, the camera work reminds me of some great flicks like "Face Off" and the Driving scenes could be mistaken for clips from "Fast and the Furious". I ain't kidding, they are really good! This Movie is on par with some films that have been on at the Cinemas! However, if you cant stand rubbish acting, bare with it until his Wife gets killed as the quality shown in her scenes does sound cheap (like TV Soap acting). After that, its all revenge and thats entertaining! Lastly, with Films like "The Punisher" not living up to my Expectations, I rated Wake Of Death better than Punisher! Thats how good I thought it was...


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