Wake of Death

Wake of Death

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Director: Philippe Martinez

Cast: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Simon Yam, Valerie Tian

     
 

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Action star and goofball extraordinaire Jean-Claude Van Damme returns in this gritty tale of revenge between the Los Angeles mob and an invading Chinese Triad. The "Muscles From Brussels" stars as Ben Archer, an ex-mob tough guy whose wife is savagely murdered after she brings home an orphaned child who happens to be a Chinese kingpin's daughter. Racked with grief,… See more details below

Overview

Action star and goofball extraordinaire Jean-Claude Van Damme returns in this gritty tale of revenge between the Los Angeles mob and an invading Chinese Triad. The "Muscles From Brussels" stars as Ben Archer, an ex-mob tough guy whose wife is savagely murdered after she brings home an orphaned child who happens to be a Chinese kingpin's daughter. Racked with grief, Archer is forced back into the mob life as Van Damme stacks up the dead bodies until he finally comes face to face with his wife's killer in an explosive match to the death.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jeremy Wheeler
The immortal Jean-Claude Van Damme returns to action cinema in the surprisingly solid Wake of Death, certainly his most accomplished straight-to-DVD work to date. Now, in no way is the film a Hard Target or even a Bloodsport, but for this aging action star, this sucker might as well be renamed "Double-Fisted Shakespeare." Jean-Claude flexes his acting muscles to new extremes in this one, highlighted by a classic two-minute scene of him breaking down and uncontrollably weeping for his dead wife that hearkens back to his embarrassing drunken ramblings in 1999's Desert Heat or even his virtuoso pseudo-Jesus role in Ringo Lam's yawn-fest In Hell. Of course, this being a cheeseball action flick, his thespian chops are rudely interrupted by a samurai Triad busting through a plate-glass window right in front of him, but by that time, you're quite ready for some "Van-Dammage." The movie also features the action star's most lurid sex scene to date, where viewers are subjected to a lot more than they bargained for (or even wanted in the first place). The action, however, is filmed and edited quite nicely -- a shock for even the most jaded digger of low-budget action junk. Fine stunt work graces an inventive motorcycle chase through a mall, while the gunplay is coherent and the violence extremely brutal. The mob storyline also gives the filmmakers the chance to throw in a wicked torture scene involving a power drill that's both delirious and jarring to the senses. In the end, the whole thing is one big cliché, but you only have to root through the junk that this guy has put out over the years to see how much of a step up this really is. Of course, it does make one long for the days when the Belgian-born brawler was coked-up and making surreal action flicks with Hong Kong directors like Tsui Hark (see 1998's Knock Off), but there is some sort of gleeful satisfaction to see this new brand of Jean-Claude Van Damme -- the actor!

Product Details

Release Date:
12/28/2004
UPC:
0043396063754
Original Release:
2004
Rating:
R
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:31:00

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Closed Caption; Featurette; Previews

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jean-Claude Van Damme Ben Archer
Simon Yam Sun Quan
Valerie Tian Kim
Danny Keogh Mac Hoggins
Tony Schiena Tony
Lisa King Cynthia
Philip Tan Actor

Technical Credits
Philippe Martinez Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Donald A. Barton Executive Producer
Karinne Behr Executive Producer
Antony Blakey Executive Producer
Luc Campeau Executive Producer
Mick Davis Screenwriter
Paul Feetum Executive Producer
Laurent Fellous Screenwriter
Manu Kadosh Cinematographer
Alan Latham Producer
Stephanie Martinez-Campeau Producer
Douglas W. Miller Executive Producer
Dedan Ouziel Editor
Ernie Seegers Art Director
Hans van der Zanden Production Designer
Jeremy Zimmerman Casting

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Lone Warrior [2:25]
2. Opening Credits [3:31]
3. Tired [1:18]
4. Refugee [5:22]
5. Safe Haven [6:25]
6. "Welcome to L.A." [7:17]
7. Mamma Li's [5:50]
8. Unfinished Business [10:00]
9. Ambush [5:41]
10. Postponement [2:33]
11. Coffee and Questions [5:45]
12. The Drill [1:17]
13. Mall Rats [5:03]
14. Abduction [3:18]
15. Pier 19 [9:21]
16. End Credits [11:09]

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