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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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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)

Opening Weekend:

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

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,206,134, 15 March 2009
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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

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 »

Soundtracks

Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen
(uncredited)
from DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE
Composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Lyrics by Emanuel Schikaneder
Heard during the massacre in a Chinese restaurant
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User Reviews

 
A mature action film from a maturing actor
22 January 2005 | by exntrc1See all my reviews

I'll be the first to admit that the super butt kicking action was not the only thing I appreciated in Jean-Claude Van Damme's films back in the day. His own butt was an excellent plus. Timecop and Cyborg? I was there. I tried to hang on after that but... JCVD twins, Dennis Rodman, science gone bad? It was all too cartoony and the action wasn't enough to hold my interest. I turned my attention East and... Salvation! The wonders of Hong Kong film.

Looking to pack a recent weekend with as much action and gunplay possible, I found "Wake of Death" and decided to give JCVD another try. I'm glad I did as I found it to be a fine film. It doesn't have the American film clichés - a hero with a heart of gold, selflessly protecting orphans and widows, while throwing off quippy one-liners and never sustaining anything more than a few strategically placed scratches.

This is a man with a questionable and likely criminal past, but we're not back storied into seeing how he is really just a misunderstood hero. It is up to the viewer to make their own judgment about this man and his actions. This film is not for those who like their action mindless.

I agree with all the comments about Jean-Claude's acting skills – he has definitely earned to communicate emotion and real character depth. He is a long way from the stone-faced Muscles from Brussels.

This woman gives the film 2 thumbs up! Now go kick some ass!


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