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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
Warrick Grier ...
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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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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19 January 2005 (France)  »

Also Known As:

After Death  »

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$14,000,000 (estimated)
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Ringo Lam was the original director but he left the project after a few weeks of filming in Canada. See more »

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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 »

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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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The Tired Man
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A mature action film from a maturing actor
22 January 2005 | by (Milwaukee, WI) – See all my reviews

I'll be the first to admit that the super butt kicking action was not the only thing I appreciated in Jean-Claude Van Damme's films back in the day. His own butt was an excellent plus. Timecop and Cyborg? I was there. I tried to hang on after that but... JCVD twins, Dennis Rodman, science gone bad? It was all too cartoony and the action wasn't enough to hold my interest. I turned my attention East and... Salvation! The wonders of Hong Kong film.

Looking to pack a recent weekend with as much action and gunplay possible, I found "Wake of Death" and decided to give JCVD another try. I'm glad I did as I found it to be a fine film. It doesn't have the American film clichés - a hero with a heart of gold, selflessly protecting orphans and widows, while throwing off quippy one-liners and never sustaining anything more than a few strategically placed scratches.

This is a man with a questionable and likely criminal past, but we're not back storied into seeing how he is really just a misunderstood hero. It is up to the viewer to make their own judgment about this man and his actions. This film is not for those who like their action mindless.

I agree with all the comments about Jean-Claude's acting skills – he has definitely earned to communicate emotion and real character depth. He is a long way from the stone-faced Muscles from Brussels.

This woman gives the film 2 thumbs up! Now go kick some ass!


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