icon Film Profile: Knock Off - (1998)
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4.9/10 Stars
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2.5/10 Stars
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"There is no substitute."


  • Director: Hark Tsui
  • Genre: Art House & International, Action & Adventure,
  • Studio: TriStar Pictures
  • Duration: 115 Mins

Appropriately, the counterfeit brands - or "knock-offs" - market forms the backdrop of this Jean-Claude Van Damme vehicle, because this is another superficially authentic but ultimately fake Hong Kong thriller. True, director Tsui Hark has all the right credentials - Once upon a Time in China, Zu Warriors - but, as with their previous project Double Team, this just isn't the real thing. Played for laughs, this tale finds the roguish, reformed counterfeiter Van Damme and partner Rob Schneider caught up in a plot to send miniature bombs all over the world. Tsui Hark stages some imaginatively destructive action set pieces, particularly the finale. However, marks off for some irritatingly tricksy camerawork, while Steven E de Souza's script is needlessly complicated.
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Cast List:
Marcus Ray : Jean-Claude Van Damme
Tommy Hendricks : Rob Schneider
Karen : Lela Rochon
Johansson : Paul Sorvino
Ling Ho : Carmen Lee
Eddie : Wyman Wong
Skinny : Glen Chin
Han : Michael Fitzgerald Wong
Officer Fong : Moses Chan
Karl : Raymond Leslie Nicholas
Tickler : Michael Miller (3)
Hawkeye : Steve Brettingham
Bear : Mark Haughton
Biff : Peter Nelson
Chip : Kim Maree Penn
Kyle : Thomas Hudak
Kip : Steve Nation
Buddha CIA : Rosa Librizzi
Racemaster : Noel Rands
Choy : Dennis Chan
Papa Wang : William Chow
Colonel Carrington : Stuart Kavanagh
Fruit market old man : Noorie Razack
Fruit market accountant : Heung Hoi
Supermarket Kid : Simon Cheung
Young Worker (Skinny Freight) : Leslie Cheung
Tarzan : Matt Grant
Jane : Nyree Hansen
Pachy : Kent Osborne
V-Six Secretary : Lynne Francis

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