Knock Off

Knock Off

Tsui Hark (1998)

87min
18 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
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.

Summary

A fashion designer hoping to put his shady past behind him learns his business associate is an undercover CIA agent. As the unlikely duo investigate a trade in fake fashion, they discover a plot by Russian mobsters to sell microscopic bombs to terrorists. Action thriller, starring Jean-Claude Van Damme, Rob Schneider and Lela Rochon.

Cast & Crew

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 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
Director Tsui Hark
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Tristar PicturesGuidance: Violence and swearing.Available on: video and DVDReleased on: 30 Apr 1999
Drama