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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 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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Details

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

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

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

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

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 Making of 'Wake of Death' (2004) 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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Excellent Action Fick
8 January 2005 | by marluvSee all my reviews

This movie is better than any modern action movie out right now. This movie is very stylish something like Leon: The Professional mixed with Training Day intro scenes. I've never seen Van Dam so Damn!! ; ) serious and emotional. I don't recall ever seeing him cry before in a movie. This is one of his good movies and I think the public needs to stop black listing van dam because he's made some bad flicks in the past. Every actor somewhere along the line stumble but the good ones always find a way out and come out on top.

IMDb voting is wrong.

I give this a 8/10 Go Van Damn!! Keep Kicking!!


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