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Story

Having based so much of his career on the films from the region, Jean Claude Van Damme heads to Hong Kong itself for Knock Off. Set in the 72 hours running up to the British handover to China (and released a mere year after the actual event), the film's action centers around the colony's thriving bootleg business, tied in with a rather convoluted plot concerning the CIA, Russian Mafia, and an attempt to hold the United States ransom through covert attacks. The opening section unwisely tries Van Damme's hand at knockabout humor with partner Rob Schneider but merely proves that the star is severely lacking the sort of humorous touch that Arnold Schwarzenegger has so successfully utilized. Once Knock Off descends into more familiar Van Damme territory, the film--and its leading man--are on surer ground. There are a good deal of spectacular fight sequences, some amazing stunts, and a feisty female sparring partner in the form of Lela Rochen. Even the always-reliable Paul Sorvino pops up. Director Tsui Hark hits upon some interesting and initially invigorating visual effects but soon overdoes them, actually highlighting the lack of decent story rather than enhancing it. There is an incredible film to be made about this period in history but this isn't it. Knock Off is merely another undemanding, high-kicking, high-octane vehicle for Van Damme. --Phil Udell


DVD Features

  • Closed-captioned
  • Dolby
  • Colour
  • Widescreen
  • Interactive Menus
  • Theatrical Trailers
  • Scene Selections

Cast

Jean-Claude Van DammeMarcus Ray
Rob SchneiderTommy Hendricks
Lela RochonKaren Lee
Paul SorvinoHarry Johanson
Carman LeeDetective Ling Ho
Wyman WongEddie Wang
Glen ChinSkinny
Michael WongHan
Moses ChanOfficer Fong

  • Genre: Adventure Movies
  • Director: Hark Tsui
  • Producer: Columbia/Tri-Star
  • Length: 91 min
  • Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaSep 4, 1998
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
    Europe18
    AustraliaMA
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaDec 29, 1998
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