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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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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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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Action | Drama

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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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Trivia

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

In the final confrontation Ben's son is being held directly to the chest of the villian. In one shot though he is gone to show the damgage, in the next shot he is back where he was before and it becomes appearent that Ben would have had to shoot his son in the head to hit the villian where he did. 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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Referenced in Making of 'Wake of Death' (2004) See more »

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Crushed
Performed by Biomechanics
Published by Cutting Edge Music Holdings
Written by Will Johnstone (as Johnstone) / Ivor Guest (as Guest) / L. Ross / M. Ross / Binite
Licensed by Biomechanics
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Classy action-noir
31 December 2004 | by (Sweden) – See all my reviews

I have always wanted Van Damme in a french style action-noir movie, like the old Alain Delon movies, I was very pleased when I saw Philippe Martinez mix Jean-Pierre Melville classic anti-hero lead with "MTV" camera work. It works perfectly. Van Damme makes his best performance to date, he really acts. The guy have taken some great amount of heat in his past due to his accent. This time around you can't blame or bash Jean-Claude for being stiff. The action scenes are suitable to the story, the fights are short and bloody. No need for fancy 360 kicks, a punch to the jaw and empty the clip in the chest. Classy. The cinematography is one of the best I have seen in a action movie, within this budget, and that is all thanks to the work by Emmanuel Kadosh. The music works really good for the emotional scenes and the sound is clear and top notch.


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