Knock Off - Movie Synopsis & Plot
As the world counts down to Hong Kong's transition to Chinese rule, a businessman must thwart a deadly conspiracy that, if successful, will incite a wave of world terrorism.
KNOCK OFF is a wild action thriller that brings together a dream team of creative elements. Action superstar Jean-Claude Van Damme stars, with Rob Schneider; Lela Rochon and Paul Sorvino rounding out the cast. The film was written by one of the most successful action screenwriters ever, Steven E. de Souza, whose other credits include 48HRS., Die Hard and Die Hard 2. KNOCK OFF also re-teams producer Nansun Shi with renowned Hong Kong director Tsui Hark, who is widely regarded as the pioneer of the Hong Kong action film genre that has become a worldwide phenomenon. Director Hark's seminal films have served as the inspiration for directors John Woo and Ringo Lam.
Marcus Ray (Van Damme) lives the good life in Hong Kong working as a sales representative for V SlX Jeans. As the drama and pageantry of the 1997 handover of Hong Kong from British to Chinese rule unfolds, Ray gets wind of a terrifying conspiracy - Russian Mafia scheme to bring a deadly secret technology - microbombs - to the worldwide terrorist black market. Aware of the devastation an act like this might cause, special security police for the handover, Ling Ho (Carmen Lee) and Lieutenant Han (Michael Fitzgerald Wong), do their best to keep a lid on any potential national disasters.
Meanwhile, Karen Leigh (Rochon), executive vice president of international sales at V SIX Jeans, learns that the jeans are being copied into cheap knock offs. Leigh immediately suspects Ray and his fellow V SIX rep, undercover CIA agent Tommy Hendricks (Schneider), are behind the racket. Leigh, an undercover CIA agent herself, Ray, and Hendricks are equally shocked to learn the ugly truth - the microbombs are actually being planted in the bootleg jeans, and the one man the threesome thought they could rely on, CIA section chief Harry Johannson (Sorvino), is up to no good. Havoc ensues as our heroes try to stop a potential global catastrophe before the British hand Hong Kong over to China.