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Knock Off (1998)

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

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Hark Tsui

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Cast

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
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Storyline

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.

Genres:

Action | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Official Sites:

Sony

Country:

Aruba | Hong Kong | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 September 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kontraband See more »

Filming Locations:

Hong Kong, China See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,516,231, 7 September 1998

Gross USA:

$10,319,915

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,319,915
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film is one of the last in the world to feature Kai Tak Airport still in use; the airport closed in 1998. See more »

Goofs

(at 15:25) Marcus (Jean-Claude Van Damme) tries to stop a black van by hooking his rickshaw onto its side mirrors. The driver starts off as a Caucasian male, then becomes an Asian male stunt driver in the next shot, before going back to being the Caucasian male again. See more »

Quotes

Tommy Hendricks: You're the king of knock offs!
Marcus Ray: I was. But you're still a fake.
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Connections

References Barnaby Jones (1973) See more »

Soundtracks

Wind in New Orleans
Words and Music by Gabe Lee and Gary Justice
Copyright SOCAN 1997
Produced by Stephen Traub
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Seriously. This was a great movie.
10 March 1999 | by Terry-32See all my reviews

I don't mean to offend the few people out there who enjoyed this movie, but when I first saw this film, I didn't like it. But I was at my video store, and I was still attracted by the cover of the movie so I decided to rent it again. And this is after I read the positive comments. I felt so different from the last time I watched this movie. I was enjoying it. I thought "Man! I was stupid!" This movie was funny. I didn't like Rob Shnieder at the beginning, but I liked him this time. He was playing his role as the comic relief guy right this time. I like Jean-Claude Van-Damme. I think he's a cool actor. The only reason why the movie haters don't like him is because of his accent. I think his accent's cool, After this, I'm gonna start sending my comments to Van Damme movies. The action sequences were awesome. The chases, fight scenes, gun battles, all great. I loved the direction by Tsui Hark. His camera angles, the zoom-ins, the stobes, tracers, slow-motion, it was so cool. I was like: "Woa! That was cool that zoom in on the inside of electronics and stuff!" This movie was so much fun. This is the kind of action movie I wanted to see. I loved it. I've totally forgotten how I didn't like this movie in the past. I like a good movie. I like movies such as "Titanic," Schindler's List," L.A. Confidential," "Citizen Kane," and "The Godfather."


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