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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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Country:

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

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

After Ringo Lam left the project, Cess Silvera was brought in to direct, but was fired after two weeks of filming in Cape Town, South Africa. 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: SUN QUAN! I'm coming for you!
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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 »

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The Tired Man
Performed by Jess Bailey
Published by Cutting Edge Music Holdings
Written by Jess Bailey
Licensed by Jess Bailey
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User Reviews

 
Very Good Action Movie... **Rent It**
20 January 2005 | by KEELING1985See all my reviews

Well, what can I say? Straight to video releases are always looked at strangely. I myself are guilty of thinking "The movie cant be that good if it didn't get shown at the Cinema!". I was totally Wrong with Wake Of Death...

This is a great Movie! Van Damme is basically "EXCELLENT". Lisa King who plays Cynthia Archer, Van Damme's wife is quite poor and the Cheapo acting kind of shines in her scenes. She is very basic and really, isn't very good.

Your Probably thinking "This don't sound too good from what I've said but wait, let me continue!".

The Action is excellently balanced in the Movie. The Story is constantly moving in the right direction and you never really lose feel of where things are going! Also, the camera work reminds me of some great flicks like "Face Off" and the Driving scenes could be mistaken for clips from "Fast and the Furious". I ain't kidding, they are really good! This Movie is on par with some films that have been on at the Cinemas! However, if you cant stand rubbish acting, bare with it until his Wife gets killed as the quality shown in her scenes does sound cheap (like TV Soap acting). After that, its all revenge and thats entertaining! Lastly, with Films like "The Punisher" not living up to my Expectations, I rated Wake Of Death better than Punisher! Thats how good I thought it was...


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