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Wake of Death (2004)

After his wife is brutally murdered, club enforcer Ben Archer wages war against the Chinese triads.

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Philippe Martinez
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean-Claude Van Damme ... Ben Archer
Simon Yam ... Sun Quan
Philip Tan ... Han
Valerie Tian ... Kim
Tony Schiena ... Tony
Claude Hernandez Claude Hernandez ... Raymond
Lisa King ... Cynthia Archer
Anthony Fridjhon Anthony Fridjhon ... Max (as Anthony Fridjohn)
Danny Keogh Danny Keogh ... Mac Hoggins
Pierre Marais ... Nicholas Archer
Warrick Grier Warrick Grier ... Da Costa
Tom Wu ... Andy Wang
Jacqueline Chan ... Mamma Li (as Jacqui Chan)
Burt Kwouk ... Tommy Li
Joon Chong 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.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence, language and sexuality | See all certifications »

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UK | France | Germany | Spain | South Africa

Language:

Cantonese | French | English

Release Date:

19 January 2005 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

After Death See more »

Filming Locations:

Romania See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$456,148
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DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Ringo Lam was the original director but he left the project after a few weeks of filming in Canada. See more »

Goofs

During the motorbikes chase, in the mall part. Ben Archer's bike switch from Supermoto to Motocross when he jumps to the first floor from a ramp, then switch back to Supermoto for the rest of the chase. See more »

Quotes

Ben Archer: [while interrogating Hoggins] Hey Tony, I think he wants to call the police.
Tony: [sarcastically] Give him a fucking quarter then.
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Alternate Versions

In Germany the uncut version didn't get a rating/approval at all (both rating/approval boards thought the film might violate §131, glorification of violence). Therefore the rental version is cut by 81 sec. with a JK/SPIO approval, while the retail version is cut even more (ca. 4 minutes) with a "Not under 18" rating from the FSK. The Dutch DVD also features this same cut version. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Decker: Sonrise (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

When Love Is Over
Performed by SPY featuring Pat Treacy
Produced by The Foreman Brothers for Electric Wonderland Productions Ltd Published by Doves Hit Songs Limited / Copyright Control
Written by Constantine, Foreman, Foreman
Licensed by Electric Wonderland Productions Ltd
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Not as good as I'd hoped, but better than I expected.
7 January 2005 | by RamdenSee all my reviews

"Wake Of Death" is no master piece. But it's easily the best Van Damme movie since "Hard Target" and probably his best performance ever. I was pleasantly surprised to see that he does know how to act. Especially in the scenes right after his wife's death. Granted, he's not going to win an Oscar anytime soon. But his performance was definitely worth more than a direct-to-video release. Also the directing was a lot better than I thought it would be. Phillipe Martinez has actually put together a pretty nice package of a movie. We get pretty much everything: Gun play, car chases, nudity and a solid performance by Van Damme. But I would like to have seen a bit more story. It seems that the movie is mostly driven by the action scenes. If only we'd learned a little more about the characters, the movie would have had that last touch that would make it great.


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