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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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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 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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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)

Opening Weekend:

$112,381 (Spain), 13 May 2005, Limited Release

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,206,134, 15 March 2009
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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

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

Sun Quan: The only thing you postpone in life... is death.
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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 Making of 'Wake of Death' (2004) See more »

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Vibrato Tempest Blond
Performed by Sagat Guirey
Published by Cutting Edge Music Holdings
Written by Sagat Guirey
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The Comeback starts here!
3 November 2004 | by realhiphopSee all my reviews

I am a huge movie buff, and have enjoyed IMDb.com for years. This is the first time i have bothered to register to voice my opinions- and it is with good reason. I am a huge Van Damme fan, but i am also a realist. His last few films have not been great - particularly Derailed & Knock Off. However credit to Jean Claude for TRYING to do other things such as IN HELL and WAKE OF DEATH. Unlike his co-action hero's Steven Seagal who can't even be bothered hanging around to loop his on voice on his movies- VAN DAMME is making a comeback.

This film marks a great, stylish, action movie- driven by revenge in a yakuza environment. It reminded me of early John Woo movies, Seagal's Hard to Kill and early dirty harry films. JCVD's acting is only getting better with age, the action is short,sharp & powerful. Bloodsoaked action scenes & being hardcore (women shot in the head/guy is shot in head by shotgun) shows this is ANYTHING but "standard/watered down/pg action" that is all to common today. Do yourself a favour and SEE IT THEN OWN IT! If you are a JCVD fan & have been disappointed by his recent films, give this one a go- you will enjoy. Cheers, Dan


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