A fashion designer must join forces with a C.I.A. agent to combat terrorism.


Hark Tsui





Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean-Claude Van Damme ... Marcus Ray
Rob Schneider ... Tommy Hendricks
Lela Rochon ... Karen Lee
Paul Sorvino ... Harry Johanson
Carman Lee ... Detective Ling Ho
Wyman Wong ... Eddie Wang
Glen Chin ... Skinny
Michael Wong ... Han (as Michael Fitzegerald Wong)
Moses Chan ... Officer Fong
Lynne Langdon ... V-Six Secretary
Ray Nicholas ... Karl (as Raymond Leslie Nicholas)
Jeff Wolfe ... Skaar (as Jeff Joseph Wolfe)
Michael Miller Michael Miller ... Tickler
Steve Brettingham Steve Brettingham ... Hawkeye
Mark Houghton ... Bear


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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There is no substitute.


Action | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for continuous violence and brief language | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


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 »


When Marcus (Jean-Claude Van Damme) is sliding around on the floor of the cargo ship fighting the bad guys, at one point he gets pulled to the right side of the screen and you can see the rope that's pulling him. See more »


Tommy Hendricks: You're the king of knock offs!
Marcus Ray: I was. But you're still a fake.
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Words and Music by Gabe Lee and Gary Justice
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Produced by Stephen Traub
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28 August 1999 | by SonicboySee all my reviews

Just like Universal Soldier II, this film gets bad reviews from you guys. Can't understand why. It was pretty good. Van Damme is not a hollywood actor, but he's still a cool actor. When I first saw this movie in a cinema I was pretty surpised. There was action from the beginning till the end. And when you go to a Van Damme movie you just want a 1.5 hour of fun, So don't expect more than that. I also liked it when I rented it for a second time. Now - this movie has some really cool camera angles and special editing, so it would look like a Hong-Kong movie. As for me, I saw couple of HK movies, and this one 's no different, in fact it was quite refreshing. Maybe Tsui Hark wanted this movie look like a Jackie Chan movie, but he did some real great work. The plot is quite hard to follow, but after seeing it twice you'll catch up.

One of Jean Claude Van Damme best movie. 9/10

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Release Date:

4 September 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Knock Off See more »

Filming Locations:

Hong Kong, China See more »


Box Office


$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,516,231, 7 September 1998

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Sound Mix:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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