Wake of Death



                                              The only thing you postpone in life... is death.


After being a gangster for many years, Ben Archer (Van Damme) moves from Marseille to Los Angeles and decides to become legit to spend more time with his wife, Cynthia, and his child, Nicholas. Cynthia is a social worker with the INS, helping to process illegal Chinese Immigrants. Then she discovers Kim (played by Valerie Tian), a young girl on board a ship that is full of immigrants, and decides to bring her home. She convinces a judge that the girl is in grave danger if deported and successfully pleads with him to give her one week to sort out her case against deportation.

However, it proves to be a fatal mistake. Kim's father, Sun Quan, is a Chinese Triad. Once Sun Quan discovers where his daughter is, without provocation, he kills Cynthia, her parents and many of the workers in the restaurant at which they're dining. After a shootout with the fleeing Triad members, Ben finds his wife brutally murdered. His son Nicholas and Kim are missing. He attempts to save the children and avenge his wife's death. Ben, however, is not alone in his attempts to avenge his wife. With the help of French mobsters Max, Raymond, and Tony, a friend the character loves like a brother. Ben's child and Kim are found, Ben then decides to kill Andy Wang, who he saw leaving his wife's murder scene. The hit is successful, and the investigation afterwards gives Ben a lead on where to move next.

The next morning, thanks to tips from a somewhat crooked cop, Ben finds that Mac Hoggins, Cynthia's partner in the INS, was at the investigation, completely out of his field. Ben and his comerades then capture Hoggins, take him to a garage, and they torture him for answers. Ben is called by the same cop that tipped him off about Hoggins, and is asked to meet him at the morgue. Hoggins confesses to telling Sun Quan of Cynthia's involvement with Kim, and gives them information of Sun Quan's involvement with heroin in the United States, as well as his location. With all of the information, they kill him.

When Ben arrives at the morgue, he is quickly greeted with death, as everyone in the morgue (with the exception of a few scared nurses) has been killed, with dead immigrants on the table. After a motorcycle chase, Ben disposes of both of the murderers, and heads back to Max's house. Upon arriving, there are 2 black SUVs speeding off, and Tony, who was riding with him, jumps out and runs inside, while Ben gives chase. Apparently, the Triads had kidnapped Kim and Nicholas, and Ben is only able to retrieve Kim, barely escaping with their lives. Ben drives back to Max's house, where he learns that Max and Raymond have been killed. Then, Ben and Tony decide to take on Sun Quan with the information provided by Haggins.

They go to Pier 19, to his boat, the Catrina, in which is used for Quan's heroin operations. After vicious fights on the ship, Ben and Sun Quan are faced off on a bridgewalk on the boat. They exchange gunshots right when the police arrive, Ben being hit in his shoulder or arm region, and Sun Quan being fatally wounded.






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Directed by Philippe Martinez
Produced by
Donald A. Barton ....
Karinne Behr  
Written by Mick Davis
Laurent Fellous
Starring Claude Hernandez      Anthony Fridjohn  Jean-Claude Van Damme Simon Yam
Music by Guy Farley
Distributed by  
Release date(s) 2004
Running time 90 mins.
Language English
Budget $17,000,000