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Shaw is an operative for the United Nations' covert dirty-tricks squad, using espionage and quasi-ethical tactics to secure peace and cooperation... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Wesley Snipes ... Neil Shaw

Anne Archer ... Eleanor Hooks

Maury Chaykin ... Frank Capella

Marie Matiko ... Julia Fang

Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa ... David Chan

Michael Biehn ... Robert Bly

Donald Sutherland ... Douglas Thomas

Liliana Komorowska ... Jenna Novak

James Hong ... Ambassador Wu

Paul Hopkins ... Ray, FBI Agent

Glen Chin ... Ochai

Ron Yuan ... Ming

Bonnie Mak ... Anna Li
Uni Park ... Tina Chan
Erin Selby ... Hong Kong Reporter

Fernando Chien ... Zeng Zi

Paul Wu ... Shades
Noel Burton ... Alex Wingate
Andrew Peplowski ... TNN Reporter #1 / UN
Andrew Nichols ... TNN Reporter #2 / UN

Mike Tsar ... NYPD Lieutenant (as Mike Tsarouchas)
Steven P. Park ... Tattoo (as Steve Park)

Yardly Kavanagh ... Reporter at Chan's Hotel
Frank Schorpion ... TWN News Anchorman
Fred Bessa ... NY Cop #1
Terry Simpson ... NY Cop #2

Tony Calabretta ... Detective #2
Fred Lee ... Dr. Chin
Wei Feng Tang ... Triad Hood #1 (as Weifeng Tang)
Phong Doan Huy ... Triad Hood #2 (as Huy Phong Doan)
Phil Chiu ... Triad Hood Driver

Jeniene Phillips ... TWN Reporter
Frank Cavallero ... Reporter #6 (as Frank Cavallaro)
Michelle Sweeney ... Diner Waitress

Richard Jutras ... Larry, Hooks' Secretary

Jeff Ward ... FBI Agent at Times Square
Ken Tran ... Triad Bruiser

Marlon Sterling Long ... FBI Agent in Athletic Club
Zenhu Han ... Athletic Club Shopkeeper (as Zhenhu Han)
Danny Blanco Hall ... NY Cop in Athletic Club Kitchen (as Danny Blanco-Hall)
Paul Stewart ... American Ambassador

Jason Cavalier ... Security Guard
Tracey McKee ... Reporter at Times Square
Toula Bassanoff ... Elderly Chinese Hobo / FBI Agent
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michael Chan ... Young Asian Bomber (uncredited)
Thai Son Doan ... Rooftop waiter (uncredited)
Barry Julien ... (uncredited)
Larry Lam ... Fighter (uncredited)

Christine Lan ... Ochai's Nymphet (uncredited)
Josée Laviolette ... Lotus Girl (uncredited)

Johanne Marie ... New Year's Eve Party Dancer (uncredited)

Michael Murphy ... Politician (uncredited)

Sylvia Stewart ... Screaming Woman (uncredited)

Angelo Tsarouchas ... Delivery Guy (uncredited)

Directed by
Christian Duguay 
Writing credits
Wayne Beach (story)

Wayne Beach (screenplay) and
Simon Barry (screenplay) (as Simon Davis Barry)

Produced by
Kevin Bernhardt .... co-producer
Peter Bray .... line producer
Don Carmody .... executive producer
Alan Chu .... associate producer
Nicolas Clermont .... producer
Dan Halsted .... executive producer
Richard Lalonde .... co-producer
Elie Samaha .... executive producer
Wesley Snipes .... executive producer
Ron Yuan .... producer
Andrew Stevens .... executive producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Normand Corbeil 
Cinematography by
Pierre Gill (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Michel Arcand 
Casting by
Rosina Bucci 
Vera Miller 
Nadia Rona 
Production Design by
Anne Pritchard 
Art Direction by
Jean Morin 
Pierre Perrault 
Set Decoration by
Paul Hotte 
Ginette Robitaille 
Costume Design by
Odette Gadoury 
Makeup Department
Annik Boivin .... sfx makeup
Linda Bourgon .... assistant hair stylist
Kathryn Casault .... makeup artist
Sandra Feijoo .... assistant makeup artist
Réjean Forget .... key hair stylist
C.J. Goldman .... special makeup effects artist
Jessica Heeren .... daily makeup artist
Tahira Herold .... makeup artist
Tomoko Hidaka .... makeup artist
Ginette Lajeunesse .... hair stylist
Anne-Marie Lanza .... assistant hair stylist
Adrien Morot .... special makeup effects artist
Magali Métivier .... assistant makeup artist
Melissa Purino .... makeup supervisor
Sylvania Yau .... special makeup effects coordinator
Production Management
Daniel Auclair .... unit manager: second unit
Daniel Hank .... production manager: New York & Hong Kong
Mario Nadeau .... unit production manager
Francis Trottier .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Anne Alloucherie .... assistant director
Alexandre Bernard .... additional third assistant director
Josée Drolet .... assistant director: second unit
Simon Dugas .... assistant director
Danielle Lapointe .... assistant director: second unit
Simon-Édouard Pilon .... third assistant director
Jeff Ward .... second unit director
Michael A. Williams .... first assistant director (as Michael Williams)
Art Department
Francis Back .... storyboard artist
Charles-André Bertrand .... assistant set dresser
Cecile Braemer .... art department coordinator
Real Capuano .... scenic technician
Nicolas Fering .... scenic technician
Odette Gauvreau .... painter
Xavier Georges .... assistant set decorator
Daniel Huysmans .... property master
Benoit Robert .... set dresser
Benoit Robitaille .... set dresser
Andrew Semple .... prop sculptor
Sound Department
Pierre-Jules Audet .... sound effects editor
Michel B. Bordeleau .... supervising sound editor
Don Cohen .... sound mixer
Donald Cohen .... production sound mixer
Natalie Fleurant .... adr supervisor
Natalie Fleurant .... dialogue editor
Marc Gagnon .... sound effects editor
Nicolas Gagnon .... foley artist assistant
Bernard Gariépy Strobl .... sound re-recording mixer
Stéphane Larivière .... sound effects editor
Sylvain Lefebvre .... sound mixer
Yannick Lemieux .... assistant sound editor
Peter Lopata .... sound effects editor
Sylvain Richard .... sound effects editor
Eric Rocheleau .... assistant sound re-recording mixer
Bruno Ruffolo .... adr recordist
Hans Peter Strobl .... sound re-recording mixer
Hayden Whiting .... assistant adr editor
Hayden Whiting .... assistant dialogue editor
David Yonson .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Louis Craig .... special effects coordinator
Pierre Côté .... special effects technician
Mario Dumont .... special effects senior technician
Normand Gobeille .... special effects technician
André Laforest .... special effects technician
André Laperrière .... special effects rigger
Francis Marleau .... special effects buyer
Eric-André Paquin .... special effects technician
Sebastien Roussel .... pyrotechnician
Martin Williams .... special effects technician
Trevor Cripps .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Mashi Akiyama .... computer graphics animator: Hybride
Jean-Yves Audouard .... lead animator: Hybride
Patrice-Alain Barrette .... digital image support: Hybride
Michel Barrière .... digital effects compositor: Hybride
Sébastien Bergeron .... digital effects compositor: Hybride
Marc Bourbonnais .... lead technical director: Hybride
Wayne Brinton .... digital compositor: Hybride Technologies
Caroline Bélisle .... administration: Hybride
Mario Chauvette .... digital image support: Hybride
Nicolas Cotta .... digital effects compositor: Hybride
Daniel Coupal .... digital effects artist
Thierry Delattre .... digital effects supervisor: Hybride
Luc Desmarais .... technical support: Hybride
Anouk Deveault-Moreau .... visual effects coordinator: Hybride
Dominic Gaudreau .... technical support: Hybride
Shawn Hillier .... digital effects compositor: Hybride
George Jardon .... visual effects supervisor
Joseph Kasparian .... lead digital textures: Hybride
Joseph Kasparian .... lighting artist: Hybride
François Lambert .... digital compositor: Hybride
Franck Lambertz .... digital compositor: Hybride
Jean Lapointe .... digital effects compositor: Hybride
Sylvain Lavoie .... digital effects compositor: Hybride
Daniel Leduc .... digital effects producer: Hybride
Patrick Legault .... digital effects compositor: Hybride
Marc Massicotte .... I/O technician
Stanley Monahan .... optical effects
Michel Murdock .... visual effects financial controller: Hybride
Dominique Normand .... digital effects compositor: Hybride
Pierre Raymond .... digital effects producer: Hybride
Luc Simard .... technical support: Hybride
Guillaume St-Aubin-Seers .... digital image support: Hybride
Stéphane Stradella .... digital compositor
Philippe Theroux .... computer graphics supervisor: Hybride
Gaetan Thiffault .... textures & lighting: Hybride
Hugo Tremblay .... technical support: Hybride
Marco Tremblay .... lead modeler: Hybride
Yanick Wilisky .... lead modeler: Hybride
Dave Salter .... digital artist (uncredited)
Mark Tureski .... optical effects (uncredited)
Phil Chiu .... stunts
Dean Choe .... stunts
Mike Chute .... stunts
Clay Donahue Fontenot .... stunt double: Wesley Snipes
Genevieve Gagnon .... stunt double: Marie Matiko
Patrick Kerton .... stunts
Henry Kingi Jr. .... stunts
Larry Lam .... stunt fighter
Stéphane Lefebvre .... stunts
Steve Lucescu .... stunt rigger
David McKeown .... stunts
Hilary Porter .... stunts
David Rigby .... stunts
Michael Scherer .... stunt coordinator
Michael Scherer .... stunts
Jeff Ward .... stunt coordinator
Jeff Ward .... stunts
Ron Yuan .... fight choreographer: Ming
Russell Yuen .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Benoît Alarie .... dolly grip: second unit
Robert B. Baylis .... key grip
Massimo Bordonaro .... ad/pub services
Bernard Couture .... director of photography: second unit
Amelie Duceppe .... video assist operator
Norayr Kasper .... director of photography: second unit
Martin Lamarche .... gaffer
Denis Lamothe .... gaffer: second unit
Patrick Lima .... key grip: second unit
Alain Masse .... dolly grip
Eric Morin .... focus puller: "b" camera
Ken Myers .... video tape operator: New York
Stian Nilsen .... key grip: New York
David Norris .... camera operator: Wescam camera
Mathieu Price .... grip
Gaetan Stange .... best boy
Jonas Steadman .... focus puller: second unit
Paul Sullivan .... Steadicam operator: second unit
Jan Thijs .... still photographer
Casting Department
Erik Johnson .... extras casting intern
Mike Bucci .... extras casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Marie-Etienne Bessette .... extras dresser
Rosalie Clermont-Bilodeau .... costume supervisor
Marie-Maude Grenier .... key extras dresser
Daniele Leger .... assistant costume designer
Syndi Shumer .... New York Unit Wardrobe
Editorial Department
Carina Baccanale .... second assistant editor (as Karina Baccanale)
Jim Campabanal .... negative cutter
Christian Gravel .... assistant editor
Music Department
Normand Corbeil .... orchestrator
Terry Delsing .... music editor
David Franco .... music supervisor
Roger Hewett .... orchestrator
Ken Kugler .... conductor
Ken Kugler .... orchestrator
Sylvain Lefebvre .... score mixer: score recordist
Craig Pettigrew .... music editor
Robert Puff .... music preparation
Sandy DeCrescent .... orchestra contractor (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Mark Bendit .... driver
Pierre Chabot .... driver
Pierre Cheminat .... driver
Stanford Davis .... driver: Wesley Snipes
Aleck Duncan .... driver: cast
Gilles Emond .... driver
Daniel Matthews .... transportation coordinator
James Sanchez .... transportation captain
Joe Sanchez .... transportation coordinator
Spiro Tsovras .... driver
Other crew
Guy Aumond .... production accountant
Josef Brandmaier .... structured finance by
Dominique Brault .... key production assistant
Al Cerullo .... helicopter pilot: New York
Paul Dupont .... safety coordinator
François Fauteux .... location manager
Josée Francis .... assistant location manager
Nathan Gendzier .... location manager: New York
Rylend Grant .... office staff assistant
Renée Hébert .... assistant to producer
Frederik Joly .... production assistant
Jean-Patrick Joseph .... special equipment supplier
Michael Konyves .... assistant to director
Christian Labrie .... weapons wrangler
Steve Leblanc .... production assistant
Massimo Nouhra .... production financing
Amélie Ponette .... script supervisor
Sharon Seto .... epk director
Claudine Strasser .... script supervisor
Ashiha Thorne .... assistant: Wesley Snipes
Pat Tremblay .... production assistant (as Patrick Tremblay)
Ian Watermeier .... finance coordinator
Chantal Dupuis .... production assistant (uncredited)
Jim Lau .... adr voice (uncredited)
Tanya Nesi .... production assistant (uncredited)
Line Pelletier .... stand-in (uncredited)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
Rated R for strong violence, some sexuality, language and brief drug content
117 min | Germany:116 min (cut version)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Australia:MA | Canada:14A | Denmark:15 | Finland:K-15 | France:U | Germany:18 (bw) | Iceland:16 | Malaysia:U (cut version) | Malaysia:18PL (uncut version) | Netherlands:16 | Netherlands:12 (TV rating) | New Zealand:R18 | Norway:15 | Peru:14 | Philippines:PG-13 | Portugal:M/16 | South Korea:18 (original rating) | South Korea:15 (video rating) (cut) | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | Switzerland:14 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:14 (canton of Vaud) | UK:18 | USA:R
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

Wesley Snipes and Michael Biehn share the same birthday (July 31st).See more »
Factual errors: The model of mini-disc player used to record Ambassador Wu covertly via the bug actually does not record.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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Tropic Thunder (2008)See more »
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34 out of 48 people found the following review useful.
Good plot and acting, but confusing presentation, 10 February 2001
Author: FlickJunkie-2 from Atlanta, GA

Most people can't differentiate between a bad film and a film they don't like. Many people didn't like this motion picture because of its liberal subtext. That doesn't make it a bad film. Most people don't realize that this was a Canadian production and that probably explains the political slant. However, as action films go, it was intelligent, high tech, stimulating, bordering on believable (seldom are action flicks actually believable), with plenty of violence. I didn't particularly agree with its `New World Order' message, but it was still a solid film.

The main criticism I have of the film is the editing. In an attempt to make the story more intriguing, it is pasted together in a convoluted way that makes it very difficult to follow. All the factions and motivations are eventually explained, but one has to pay very close attention or see the movie a few times to catch them all. The screenplay suffers from an excess of subplots, which makes following the story that much more difficult. The biggest sin committed by the producers and director was that they did not understanding their audience. This film targets action lovers, who are a visceral lot. They want to be stimulated, not confused and intrigued. They also tend to be more conservative politically (God, Guns, Guts). So naturally, the film bombed.

Wesley Snipes delivers a strong performance in the intelligent action hero role. Snipes seems to be locked in the action genre when he is really too bright for the roles he plays. He should take a lesson from Samuel L. Jackson and look for scripts that are more dramatic. Jackson still does action films (Shaft), but he picks parts portraying complex characters and scripts with strong character development, instead of straight macho testosterone parts. Snipes would have done well in some of the roles Jackson has had. Anne Archer does a fine job as the manipulative career diplomat, pulling everyone's strings behind the scenes. Donald Sutherland is a bit flaccid in this film, but his character really didn't have a lot of bite.

Overall, this film is a strong entry into a genre dominated by mindless body count. I rated it an 8/10. Those who like their action flicks to be completely believable subtract two points. Subtract another two points for those who don't like confounding story lines. For those who abhor screen violence, don't even bother.

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