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Wake of Death (2004)

Jean-Claude Van Damme , Simon Yam , Philippe Martinez  |  R |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Simon Yam, Philip Tan, Valerie Tian, Tony Schiena
  • Directors: Philippe Martinez
  • Writers: Philippe Martinez, Kristina Hamilton-Grobler, Laurent Fellous, Mick Davis
  • Producers: Alan Latham, Andreas Klein, Anton Ernst
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: French
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: December 28, 2004
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00069L0Y0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,934 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Wake of Death" on IMDb

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Action superstar, Jean-Claude Van Damme, is back and at his hard-hitting best as Ben Archer, an ex-mob enforcer seeking revenge against a ruthless Chinese kingpin responsible for his wife's brutal murder. When Archer joins forces with his old underworld friends, an all-out war is waged against the Chinese Triad in this pulse-pounding action thriller.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than STREET FIGHTER and DERAILED combined! July 25, 2005
Format:DVD
I like this new mature Van Damme. First IN HELL and now WAKE OF DEATH they're the best films of his career and he's actually starting to show some genuine acting talent. I hope this trend continues.

Wife/family murdered and son kidnapped Van Damme (or V.D. as I like to call him) is out for revenge. He shoots up a bunch of stuff, runs a drill through a guy's kneecaps, wrecks some cars, cries a few times, drives a motorcycle through a mall, hugs some people, electrocutes a cop and shoots a triad who's tied up point blank in the face with a shotgun.

Honestly I liked this movie quite a bit, the ending was a little anti-climatic, but the cinematography was cool. I'd watch it again which is more than I could say for DOUBLE TEAM.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Van Damme comes back on top with this one. September 20, 2005
By Dragon
Format:DVD
After nearly 7 years of straight to DVD Releases Van Damme finally makes a film thats up there with his old ones. Much like Desert Heat which ressurected his film making he makes another good one.

This movie is about a little girl who witnesses her father kill her mother. She is poorly cared for as are others in her countries when a woman takes her in as her own (Jean Claudes wife) for fear that she may be murdered herself. But when her father realizes what happens he takes action.

He has Jean Claude Van Dammes wife killed and is about to have his son killed when he escapes. When Van Damme gets back he finds his wife dead and he has his brother go searching for the kiler. Van Damme goes on a killing spree killing anyone who was in connection to his wifes death. And finally gets to the big man himself, the one who has his wife killed. In the end he kills him and gets wounded himself.

The main thing that sticks out in this film is Van Dammes acting, not his fighting. It seems like a blah blah story but if you would see his acting its magnificant. He really looks sad when he finds his wife dead, when he kills the people who killed his wife he has tears in his eyes why hes doing it. Like in one scene he beats a man over and over with a pistol and starts to cry why he does it, like getting all the anger out.

This has to be his best acting peroformance of his career. And anyone, and i mean anyone who likes action films needs to see this. Also this movie isnt directed by Jean Claude and it gets with the program for modern movies (it feels like it could of went to theaters) this movie gets a 10/10
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SHOULD HAVE HAD A THEATRICAL RELEASE. December 23, 2004
By Kyle
Format:DVD
I had first heard about this movie over at action kings about 3 or 4 months ago, and after reading about who was directing and the production company, I had little hope for this. Then the trailer came and so did the plot. Wake of Death is Van Damme's latest movie and it is good!

The film takes place in LA. Van Damme plays Ben Archer who is an ex mob enforcer just quiting his job to protect his family. His wife is with the immigration and she takes in a little girl who has snuck onto a boat from China to the US. She ran away because she saw her dad kill her mother right in front of her. So Ben's wife takes her in for a week. Her dad comes to LA and is searching for her. He finds out that she is staying with this lady. He tracks the wife down and kills her brutally. Ben comes to find out what happened and from their he goes on a rampage. Im not going to get into all of the characters involved as from what I said above is the main plot of the movie.

Now as to what I thought of the film. The movie itself is good. Never really slow or boring. The budget was 24 million, but it felt much more to me. This is Van Dammes best yet. His acting is great and he takes his role seriously. All of the other characters were good too! Van Dammes brother was a good actor. I would like to see him in more movies. Sure the plot is not original, but who cares, as it is still an entertaining movie. The movie is bloody throughout. There is one torture seen that is intense, and graphic. But very realistic. Yes there is a car chase, and 2 nice explosions. The explosions I loved because they were not computerized. In Wesley Snipe's latest movie "Unstoppable", they were computerized a little. Not in this movie they weren't and I was glad to see that.

Now my ONLY complaint is a simple one.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DEATH WISH VAN DAMME! October 4, 2008
Format:DVD
The Jean Claude Van Damme Review Matrix (JCVD-RM)

1. Who is he? Ben Archer, a worn down bouncer with weatherbeaten features who's ready to quit his rugged life at high-profile clubs (think Swayze from Road House, but with an accent)
2. Which family member/friend must be avenged? His wife Cynthia (Lisa King) gets her throat slit (gruesome close-up afterwards), his father-in-law gets blasted, and his mother-in-law gets an explosive head-shot from close range (like popping a water balloon with a pin).
3. Does he take his shirt off? Because it's such an essential plot device, there is an early shower scene, a sex scene, and a bath scene in which JCVD is shirtless.
4. Does he have sex with a C-List actress? He gets to "say goodbye" to Cynthia very early in Cinemax-quality bawdy tryst.
5. Is there a tournament? This is a grisly, evil, realistic battle to the death. It's JCVD at his skull-crushing darkest. There is no time for a stupid tournament with rules.
6. Is training needed for this tournament? Didn't you hear me!? JCVD has people to maim, kill, and torture!
7. Does he do the splits in training or in the tournament? This is serious! Borderline psychotic executioners do not do the splits.
8. Does he punch someone in the balls? No, but his brother punches someone in the balls, and performs a free castration later.
9. Does he do a series of flying or 360 kicks? He's fighting the Chinese Triad. What do you think?
10. Is his enemy unbeatable? No. In fact, JCVD kills about 50 guys who previously thought they were unbeatable.
11. Does he overcome an injury or other hindrance? No hindrance, this is all about the revenge killing.
12. Does he win? JCVD does everything but cure cancer in this one.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wake me up!
I do love this movie & would have given it 5 stars if it weren't for the ending
I won't spoil it for those who haven't seen it but let's just say the ending could have been... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Simone
5.0 out of 5 stars Vintage van damme
This movie had great action and a lot of fun to watch. It wasn't too much different from other action movies, but i have to say van damme's acting has improved greatly in... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Bruce
5.0 out of 5 stars Van Damme at his best!
Wake of Death offers some of the best acting I have seen Jean-Claude Van Damme complete. Well worth the money.
Published 18 months ago by V.C.
4.0 out of 5 stars Van Damme movie
This dvd is good but you can tell age is catching up on Vandamme. More gun play and less karate.
Published 19 months ago by Victor Nelson
4.0 out of 5 stars Wake from sleep
Very good acting from JCVD. I enjoyed this movie as much as In Hell. I would definitly recommend it. It was enjoyable and did not have the usual JCVD karate action.
Published 19 months ago by Joe M. Ramos
3.0 out of 5 stars "The only thing you postpone in life...is death"
Along with In Hell, "Wake of Death" constitutes a short-lived period in Jean-Claude Van Damme's DTV career wherein dark, gritty drama and quasi-realism were played over high-octane... Read more
Published on May 12, 2012 by Mike Sehorn
4.0 out of 5 stars Intense and lots of Van Dammage!
Wake of Death(Oct/04)is as an intense Van Damme flick as you will ever find.Nimbly directed by Phillipe Martinez(film mogul turned director),the film at times has a film noir look... Read more
Published on October 2, 2011 by Robert Badgley
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than a majority of action films released in 2010 8.5/10
Wake Of Death it says Revenge is all he had left. & Rob Rod (that's my name for Robert Rodriguez until he makes good movies again) this is how you do a revenge movie so take notes... Read more
Published on November 24, 2010 by J. Paul
5.0 out of 5 stars Wake of Death
Excellent movie. Jean-Claude Van Damme is an excellent actor and in this movie in his role, he showed a lot more emotion that came across real and genuine. Great to see.
Published on April 16, 2009 by Myra Elaine Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, too bad it's full screen
It's too bad this movie is in Full Screen, not Widescreen aspect ration. THe story is deep and excellent. Van Damme's wife is killed by the Chinese triad and he wants revenge. Read more
Published on November 16, 2008 by D. Aletkine
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