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  • Actors: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Rob Schneider, Lela Rochon, Paul Sorvino, Carman Lee
  • Directors: Hark Tsui
  • Writers: Steven E. de Souza
  • Producers: Ken Wu, Moshe Diamant, Nansun Shi, Peter Nelson, Peter W. Nelson
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Cinema Club
  • VHS Release Date: 5 Feb. 2001
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CZKK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 369,609 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Set in Hong Kong during the 1997 handover to China, this thriller stars Jean-Claude Van Damme as Marcus Ray, a CIA agent caught up in a Russian plot to bombard America with thousands of tiny bombs smuggled into the country via Hong Kong.

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Having based so much of his career on the films from the region, Jean Claude Van Damme heads to Hong Kong itself for his film 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 centres 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 to ransom through covert attacks. The opening section unwisely tries Van Damme's hand at knockabout humour with partner Rob Schneider but merely proves that the star is severely lacking the sort of humorous touch that Arnold Schwarzenegger has so successfully utilised. 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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Timelord-007 TOP 500 REVIEWER on 13 May 2015
Format: DVD
Knock Off (DVD).

Format: PAL
Language: English, French
Subtitles: English, French, Turkish, Hungarian, Dutch
Region: 2
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
Number of discs: 1
Classification: 18
Studio: UCA
Running Time: 87 minutes

Special Features.
Trailer
Making Of Featurette

Cast.
Jean-Claude Van Damme as Marcus Ray
Rob Schneider as Tommy Hendricks
Lela Rochon as Karen Lee
Michael Fitzgerald Wong as Han
Carman Lee as Ling Ho
Paul Sorvino as Harry Johansson
Mike Ian Lambert
Wyman Wong as Eddie Wang
Glen Chin as Skinny Wang
Wes Wolff as Dinger
Moses Chan as Officer Wong

Trivia.
1)A lot of quality fight choreography by Sammo Kam-Bo Hung was cut from the films final release. This included the drastic shortening of both Jeff Wolfe & Michael Miller's fights against Jean-Claude Van Damme in the finale.
2)Jet Li was supposed to play the role of "Inspector Han" but he turned it down last minute to do Lethal Weapon 4 instead.

What's The Story.
When a shipment of jeans to the U.S. proves counterfeit, Marcus Ray, the "King of The Knock-Offs" finds himself at the center of a Russian Mafia plot to hold the United States security for ransom.

Thousands of tiny micro-bombs, disguised within other manufactured goods, are scheduled for departure from Hong Kong to America.

When Ray's company's jeans are found to be the housing for the explosives, he's the one man the CIA can count on to prevent certain disaster!

In a territory where loyalty can change hands overnight, Marcus Ray's survival will depend on him knowing the fakes from the real thing.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Corey Newcombe on 5 Mar. 2014
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Marcus Ray and Tommy Hendricks are sales reps for V SIX Jeans, and they are enjoying life in Hong Kong.

While Tommy busily prepares for the latest fashion show, Marcus is off looking at knock off goods: imitation watches, jewellery, and baby dolls, in which his longtime friend Eddie Wang is involved.

When Marcus and Tommy's supervisor arrives and informs them that much of their last shipment of jeans was filled with knock off imitations, the two can't believe her, but they agree to help in raiding a warehouse to prove their innocence.

After a violent encounter, Marcus eventually learns that Tommy is an undercover CIA agent, and so is Karen.

Meeting with their boss, Johansson, Marcus learns of a conspiracy involving the Russian mafia and their attempts to smuggle tiny, but highly explosive "microbombs" to the black market.

Any film that features Van Damme in a movie about exploding designer jeans, has to be seen to be believed.

Is it plausible? anything is really, but is it any good? Well it's so absurd and silly, it's very very enjoyable and furthermore, a lot of fun.

This was Van Dammes last proper big screen outing that wasn't a sequel, or docu-drama, and it feels like the studio has given up on him, which is a shame.

Harks direction and camera-work is frenetic and downright bizarre and you can see where Neveldine and Taylor get some of their ideas from.

The action is well paced and there is obvious wire work involved, but it's all comic book in tone, and it's tongue in cheek throughout.

With a great supporting cast, this film is unfairly despised, thanks to movie snobs who just dismiss the actors work.

A great piece to watch with Double Team..
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By CJ Howdle on 11 Sept. 2010
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my girlfriend doesn't like van damme or his films, so i showed her this film. she still doesnt like van damme or his films but dont let that deter you. this film is excellent. its not directed by john woo but there is this incredible fight/chase scene, in this chinese fruit warehouse. the stunt actor for most of the scene clearly isnt van damme but its still worth a watch, and if you watch this type of film with a few beers with your mates looking for a laugh, then this is the film for you. ive advocated van dammes acting in other reviews but in this one its deplorable, maybe he was too busy doing coke in between takes or something, but again, it doesnt spoil the film because if youre watching a van damme film for good acting youre watching the wrong film.
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By Terry on 23 May 2014
Format: DVD
Comedy action movie from 1998 has Jean Claude Van Damme as a fashion designer, Marcus Ray, combatting terrorism during the handover of Hong Kong to the Chinese. Unknown to Marcus, his partner, Tommy (Rob Schneider) is a CIA operative investigating the black market.

The highly implausible and convoluted plot, involves Chinese gangs, the CIA, corrupt CIA agents, the Russian Mafia and international terrorists plotting to blow up American citizens using nano-bombs developed by the KGB. So you'll needs to keep your wits about you! This all serves to introduce a series of well choreographed action scenes including an impressive rickshaw race near the beginning of the film, the obligatory car chase and, of course, fist fights and shootouts. There is a good level of invention in many of these scenes as one would expect from a Hong Kong action film.

Of the JCVD films that I've seen this is not one of the better ones overall, but it is still quite watchable. Van Damme's acting is at the level of The Order (of those that I have seen), another action comedy from 2001, by which I mean he has performed better. The film hasn't dated too well, but worth a look if your pain threshhold for this type of film is set reasonably high.
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