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The Art of War (2000)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Frank Capella
Jenna Novak
Ray, FBI Agent
Anna Li
Uni Park ...
Tina Chan
Erin Selby ...
Hong Kong Reporter


Shaw is an operative for the United Nations' covert dirty-tricks squad, using espionage and quasi-ethical tactics to secure peace and cooperation. When a shipping container full of dead Vietnamese refugees turns up on the docks and China's ambassador is gunned down at a dinner celebrating a new trade agreement with China and the US, Shaw is framed for the murder and must evade the FBI and Triad gangsters to find out what is really going on. Written by Jeff Cross <>

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Rated R for strong violence, some sexuality, language and brief drug content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 August 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El arte de la guerra  »

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Box Office


$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$10,410,993 (USA) (25 August 2000)


ESP 373,584,458 (Spain) (29 June 2001)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Wesley Snipes and Michael Biehn share the same birthday (July 31st). See more »


When the black SUV runs into the back of the city maintenance truck, the explosion occurs a half second before the actual collision. See more »


[first lines]
Jenna Novak: What is he waiting for?
[putting on headset]
Jenna Novak: What are you waiting for?
Neil Shaw: [over radio] Novak, I'm experiencing the moment.
Bly: He's going to experience a Chinese labor camp in a moment if he doesn't stick to schedule.
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What a good action movie should be!
9 February 2002 | by (NYC) – See all my reviews

Disclaimer first: This is not Citizen Kane, obviously. But THE ART OF WAR is about as fun as an action movie can get.

Yes, Snipes is a runaway agent wrongly accused, we have seen this in US Marshals and Murder at 1600 (by the same Writer.). But this movie has two things that those movies lacked, STYLE and an enjoyable supporting cast. ART, with all its chase scenes and fight sequences (and there are a truck load), is beautifully shot.

The sets and camera work are great, and most importantly (partially because I live there) you buy that you are in NYC. Few signs of the Canadian stand in, Montreal. Everything is slick and well shot.

Behind Snipes are a great cast of action cronies, Maury Chaykin as Capella the FBI agent who doesn't know whether to arrest or help Snipes, Marie Matiko, Julia the VERY attractive hostage/eyecandy (Hollywood should learn from the TASTEFUL handling of her strip scene) and a bunch of good character actors who could be of course our villain(s).

Yes, ART OF WAR has too many twists, it tries hard, too hard at times. But it is better than the other action flops that have stopped trying all together.

Bottom line this is The Fugitive meets James Bond (with a little Jackie Chan). Its a fast paced, slick, action flick, that has half a brain in it. Snipes is awesome in it and should look to move forward from roles like this. Ignore the cynical critics who are obviously trying to suck the fun out of action movies and see it.

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