Knock Off (1998)

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Critic Consensus: Muddled plot; stiff acting.

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Against the drama and pageantry of the 1997 British handover of Hong Kong to Chinese rule, a CIA agent has to thwart a conspiracy that, if successful, will incite a wave of world terrorism. KNOCK OFF is the story of Marcus Ray (Van Damme), who lives the good life in Hong Kong working as a sales representative for "V SIX" jeans. As the city's transition unfolds around him, Ray gets wind of a terrifying conspiracy - a Russian Mafia scheme to bring a deadly secret technology, microbombs, to the worldwide terrorist black market - that he must risk his life to defeat.
Rating:
R (for continuous violence and brief language)
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Art House & International
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Cast

Rob Schneider
as Tommy Hendricks
Paul Sorvino
as Johannson
Lela Rochon
as Karen
Michael Wong
as Lieutenant Han
Wyman Wong
as Eddie
Carman Lee
as Ling Ho
Glen Chin
as Skinny
Jeff Wolfe
as Skar
Moses Chan
as Officer Fong
Michael Miller
as Tickler
Rosa Librizzi
as Budda CIA
Noel Rands
as Racemaster
Dennis Chan
as Choy/Eddie Kid
William Chow
as Papa Wang
Stuart Kavanagh
as Colonel Carrington
Noorie Razack
as Fruit Market Old Man
Hoi Heung
as Fruit Market Accountant
Simon Cheung
as Supermarket Kid
Leslie Cheung
as Young Worker (Skinny Freight)
Matt Grant
as Tarzan
Lynne Francis
as V-Six Secretary
Leon C. Somera Jr.
as Eddie's Ringer/Rickshaw Passenger
Mathew Tang
as Han's Assistant
Wong Yui Sang
as Han's Assistant
Chan Man Cheong
as Han's Assistant
Leung Yiu Hay
as Han's Assistant
Roks Chik
as Han's Assistant
Tse Wai Yin
as Han's Assistant
Irene Luk
as Han's Assistant
Kerrie Jordan
as V-Six Model/Cheerleader
Bethany Wetjen
as V-Six Model/Cheerleader
Dominique
as V-Six Model/Cheerleader
Eniko Mayer
as V-Six Model/Cheerleader
Anika Yuen
as V-Six Model/Cheerleader
Anu Kattoor
as V-Six Model/Cheerleader
Hanna Josesina Chaplain
as V-Six Model/Cheerleader
Karin Holm
as V-Six Model/Cheerleader
Amena Lee Schlaikjer
as V-Six Model/Cheerleader
Helen Praetorius
as V-Six Model/Cheerleader
Leta Chung
as V-Six Model/Cheerleader
Belinka Polakova
as V-Six Model/Cheerleader
Sinna Ping
as V-Six Model/Cheerleader
Simone Lee
as V-Six Model/Cheerleader
Irena Budayova
as V-Six Model/Cheerleader
Marilka Aling
as V-Six Model/Cheerleader
Nina Mackenzie
as V-Six Office Girl
Maria Butler
as V-Six Office Girl
Trudy Jane Mansfield
as V-Six Office Girl
Denis Couprie
as Skinny Bodyguard
William Chan Wai-Ting
as Skinny Bodyguard
Duane Davis
as Skinny Bodyguard
Brad Warren
as Russian Mafia
Tony Trimble
as Russian Mafia
John Whitney
as Russian Mafia
G. Max
as Russian Mafia
Michael Lambert
as Russian Mafia
David Fiddes
as Russian Mafia
Jason Todd Hancock
as Russian Mafia
David Saunders
as Russian Mafia
Ian Bruton
as Russian Mafia
Phillip Duffy
as Russian Mafia
Stuart Lee Markham
as Russian Mafia
Jude Poyer
as Russian Mafia
Jake Sear Jacob
as Russian Mafia
Peter Kramer
as Russian Mafia
Pascale Harris
as CIA Staff
Alex Mazija
as CIA Staff
Martyn A. Minns
as Rickshaw Racer
Ian Clarke
as Rickshaw Racer
Cesar Liesa
as Rickshaw Racer
Kevin Butler
as Rickshaw Racer
Mélanie Page
as Rickshaw Racer
Phil John Greatches
as Rickshaw Racer
Ted Johan Michaels
as Rickshaw Racer
Albert Dedem
as Rickshaw Racer
Garry Beckhurst
as Rickshaw Passenger
Steve Syson
as Rickshaw Passenger
Ian Tang
as Rickshaw Passenger
David Rolls
as Rickshaw Passenger
Paolo Mario Moscardini
as Rickshaw Passenger
Barry Wensueen
as Rickshaw Passenger
Aaron Richardson
as Rickshaw Passenger
Au Man Leong
as Rickshaw Passenger
Yiu Shiu Chung
as Rickshaw Passenger
John J. Whitney
as Russian Mafia
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Critic Reviews for Knock Off

All Critics (39) | Top Critics (11)

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Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Though the jokey lines seem out of place, the somber tone of this 1998 action movie makes the political subtext more sincere and less grandiose than usual.

Full Review… | July 28, 2009
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

The last blast of the summer is an exuberantly cheesy action opus featuring Jean-Claude Van Damme and Rob Schneider as an improbable pair of gung-ho heroes.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Variety
Top Critic

For hardcore Van Damme and Sparks fans only.

Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The plot is as incomprehensible as the dubbing, and many of the special effects are neither special nor effective.

Full Review… | April 12, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

One of Van Damme's best movies ever.

Full Review… | February 13, 2001
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Knock Off

½

Tsui Hark's Knock Off is an action film that isn't as bad as it seems.

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.

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.

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.

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.

By the end, Knock Off doesn't shine anywhere. It is just a mediocre action picture for Van Damme fans.

JY Skacto
JY Skacto

Super Reviewer

½

"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 Owens
Jason Owens

Super Reviewer

What a Van Damme explosive action-thriller set in Hong Kong.

Dean McKenna
Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

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