Knock Off

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Overview

Hong Kong action genre craftsman Tsui Hark directed this martial arts tale, his second collaboration with actor Jean-Claude Van Damme after Double Team 1997. Van Damme stars as Marcus Ray, a Hong Kong fashion designer who specializes in "knock-offs," cheaply produced jeans and sneakers meant to look like major-label merchandise. With his new partner Tommy Hendricks Rob Schneider, Marcus hopes to go legit and put his shady past behind him, but Tommy is really an undercover CIA agent investigating the smuggling of ...
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Overview

Hong Kong action genre craftsman Tsui Hark directed this martial arts tale, his second collaboration with actor Jean-Claude Van Damme after Double Team 1997. Van Damme stars as Marcus Ray, a Hong Kong fashion designer who specializes in "knock-offs," cheaply produced jeans and sneakers meant to look like major-label merchandise. With his new partner Tommy Hendricks Rob Schneider, Marcus hopes to go legit and put his shady past behind him, but Tommy is really an undercover CIA agent investigating the smuggling of mini-bombs in Marcus' products. An unwitting pawn in a scheme concocted by the KGB and Tommy's CIA superior Johanson Paul Sorvino, Marcus must clear his name and save his company. His quest to do so becomes even more complicated when local authorities link him to a murder and a vice-president, Karen Lela Rochon, arrives from Marcus' parent company to investigate discrepancies in his bookkeeping. Knock Off is based on a script by Steven E. de Souza, author of 48 Hrs. 1982 and Die Hard 1988.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jeremy Wheeler
It seems that well-respected Hong Kong director Tsui Hark and star Jean-Claude Van Damme were made to make completely surreal, cheesy, over-the-top actioners like this one. Abandoning such "needless" things as plot, characterization, humor, and everything that makes good movies what they are -- Hark and company decided instead to create a runaway train-wreck of an action flick, starring one of the biggest goofs in Hollywood history! Therein lies the charm of Knock Off...Each scene is brimming full of outrageousness, all the while never stopping to let the audience catch up. If you take your eyes off the screen for one minute, who knows what kind of crazy stuff you might miss? Interesting, too, is just how great the action scenes are. Just as he did in John Woo's widely under-appreciated 1993 actioner Hard Target, Van Damme sincerely shines in Hark's patented crazy visuals and dynamic fight choreography. The audience might have to endure a couple of really terrible Rob Schneider one-liners, but once our boy Jean-Claude starts kicking, there's no stop to the explosive stuff that they've got in store for you: mysterious green fireballs, exploding blue jeans, and even Paul Sorvino! Whether he's being spanked in the butt with cold fish or fighting a guy with razor sharp lenses in his eyeglasses, our international action hero proves his title time and time again, only stopping once in a while to hilariously butcher the English language. Yes, Knock Off is a one-of-a-kind. It's a non-stop joyride that breaks all conventions and plain old doesn't care about it. If you like crazy action, terrible Euro-accents, and a whole lot of Van Damme, this one's for you!
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/25/1999
  • UPC: 043396258839
  • Original Release: 1998
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  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jean-Claude Van Damme Marcus Ray
Rob Schneider Tommy Hendricks
Lela Rochon Karen
Paul Sorvino Johansson
Carmen Lee Ling Ho
Carman Lee Ling Ho
Wyman Wong Eddie
Glen Chin Skinny
Michael Wong Han
Moses Chan Officer Fong
Technical Credits
Tsui Hark Director
Joe Chi Asst. Director
Mak Chi-Sin Editor
Rico Chu Asst. Director
Steven E. de Souza Screenwriter
Ellana Diamant Casting
Lauris Freeman Casting
Raymond Fung Co-producer
William Fung Costumes/Costume Designer
Mabel Kwan Costumes/Costume Designer
James Leung Production Designer
Bill Lui Production Designer
Ben Luk Costumes/Costume Designer
Ron Mael Score Composer
Russell Mael Score Composer
Richard G. Murphy Associate Producer
Peter W. Nelson Associate Producer
Kingson Shek Asst. Director
Nansun Shi Producer
Arthur Wong Cinematographer
Gary Wilkins Sound/Sound Designer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    More of a Dramedy than an action flick.

    This movie was good but way more Drama based than people would think. The plot is to terrorize the world population by sewing tiny bombs into pants and then threaten to detonate them causing massive deaths world-wide. I'm serious. Now don't get me wrong, I love my Girbaud pants in middle school but these pants must be SMOKING hot for everyone to own them. Judging by Van Damme they WERE that hot! Ow! Ow!! He is got the best body on earth! I love him!! If I weren't married I would get him in my love grips and choke him out. Did I mention that Rob Schnieder is also in this movie? If you didn't jump out of your chair and sprint to your local store to buy or rent this movie after hearing that then there is nothing I can do for you.

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