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Fashion designer Marcus Ray (Jean-Claude Van Damme) has been selling knockoff jeans in Hong Kong, but he's about to get caught -- and not just by his partner, Tommy (Rob Schneider), who's an undercover CIA agent. Marcus' boss, Karen (Lela Rochon), also CIA, is threatening to throw the book at him too if he doesn't prove he's gone straight. But nothing is what it seems, and other forces are conspiring against the fashion designer, including KGB operatives and Russian double agents.

Cast & Crew

Rob Schneider
Tommy Hendricks
Lela Rochon
Karen Lee
Paul Sorvino
Harry Johanson
Carmen Lee
Detective Ling Ho
Wyman Wong
Eddie Wang
Moses Chan
Officer Fong
Hark Tsui
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Ron Mael
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Russell Mael
Original Music
Arthur Wong
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Craig Henighan
Film Editor
Chi-Sin Mak
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Annellie Rose Samuel
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Critic Reviews for Knock Off

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  • Dec 03, 2012
    Van Damme has had better action vehicles, and it's a shame this was one of the last films to gain a wider viewing. The problem with Knock Off is the plot. It's overcomplicated for the style of the filmmaker, and it just twists and turns for no advantage. The filmmaker has the eye for fight scenes, and this is where the film shines. The fight scenes are a product of Hong Kong and that finale is quite good. The explosions are laughably bad and I don't understand why these were included. Van Damme is watchable, even if the film around him, falls into a mess. I will be quite alone with my rating, but I've seen worse. 23/03/2020
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Feb 10, 2010
    Tsui Hark's <i>Knock Off</i> is an action film that isn't as bad as it seems.<p>Unsurprisingly, the story is straightforward, easy to follow, and to be honest, quite stupid. The setting takes place in Hong Kong, and with Tsui Hark as a director the film feels less like a Hollywood film. In this case, this is a good thing.</p><p>Tsui Hark's editing and camerawork can be erratic at times and the 90 minutes whiz by because of this. The pacing is really quick and scenes come and go like there is no tomorrow. On the flip side this makes it harder for the film to have a really deep story with built up characters. It also creates plot holes.</p><p>Hark's editing does help the action. The constant switching of camera shots make these scenes seem extremely fast and full of energy, which makes it really entertaining. As for the action itself, there is a moderate amount with a hilarious rickshaw scene in the beginning.</p><p>The acting isn't award winning by any means. Van Damme is pretty amusing as his character is a bit wacky, but Rob Schneider is unconvincing as a CIA agent and feels out of place.</p><p>By the end, <i>Knock Off</i> doesn't shine anywhere. It is just a mediocre action picture for Van Damme fans.</p>
    JY S Super Reviewer
  • Sep 10, 2009
    "Knock Off" is set in Hong Kong and Jean-Claude Van Damme stars as a fashion designer who is unwillingly selling knock off clothes which easily tear. Van Damme and his sidekick (Rob Schneider) are up against enemy marketeers who are trying to cause a worldwide catastrophe by using tiny explosive devices in items such as jeans and toys and then shipping them all over the world. "Knock Off" definitely proved that Van Damme is a better fighter than ever and that he can still make exciting movies. This movie has the best special effects, action sequences, and even the best fighting out of all of Van Damme's movies so far, and that's saying a lot because Van Damme has made many great fighting and action movies such as "Hard Target," "Bloodsport," "Sudden Death," and many others. I didn't like the movie's plot or story that much, but the action and fighting sequences are GREAT! If you like exciting fighting movies and if you like some of the other Van Damme movies, I recommend getting "Knock Off." NOTE: That was my Amazon review from the year 2001.
    Jason O Super Reviewer
  • Aug 13, 2008
    not bad..has the comedic element of rob shneider and asian locales which gives this so-so actioneer a boost..
    alan j Super Reviewer

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