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The Art of War (2000)

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UN's secretary general uses covert operations to help diplomacy along. Shaw's called back 6 months after one such operation. He witnesses the murder of Chinese UN ambassador at UN, NYC, chases the assassin and ends up a suspect.

Director:

Christian Duguay

Writers:

Wayne Beach (story), Wayne Beach (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
2 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Erin Selby ... Hong Kong Reporter
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Storyline

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 <blackjac_1998@yahoo.com>

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Taglines:

Do you know who your enemy is? See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Warner Bros.

Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 August 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Art of War See more »

Filming Locations:

Hong Kong, China See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,410,993, 27 August 2000

Gross USA:

$30,208,599

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$40,400,425
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (cut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital EX

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Before appearing in this film, Michael Biehn read a copy of Sun Tzu's "Art of War" in K2 (1991). See more »

Goofs

While pianos contain a fair amount of metal, it's not a solid sheet at any point, so it's possible for a bullet to miss the significant metal and pass right through. See more »

Quotes

[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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Alternate Versions

R-rated version has been cut on the so-called "Mirror Scene" where Neil Shaw (Wesley Snipes), in flashbacks, sees his partner being smashed against the mirrors in her apartment. In the US version you only see her being knocked against the mirrors three times. In the uncut version right after she hits the third mirror you still see the following: She pulls her head back an there is a lot of blood on the mirror. She then kicks her attacker against the knee, who then smashes her against a piece of wall between two mirrors. He then grabs her again, pulls her back and throws her against the mirrors again and you can see her actually flying against the mirror, breaking it completely. At this point the R-rated version continues with her falling to the grounds and several pieces of glass dropping on her. See more »

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Soundtracks

La fleur que tu m'avais jetee
Written by Georges Bizet
Performed by Nikola Nikolov
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great film
5 September 2004 | by michaelsibley416See all my reviews

Wesley Snipes is back better than ever in "The Art Of War," a movie that is so good it deserves to be among the top ten of the summer.

There are many reasons why I enjoyed "The Art Of War." The first reason was the supporting cast. When I first saw Donald Sutherland in this movie, I knew it would be a thing of beauty. He brought great credibility as he made a good movie, that much better. Anne Archer is one actress you can always count on to give a good performance.

"The Art Of War" turned out to be a montage of "The Fugitive" series and "Enemy Of The State." While this is the only negative thing about this film, it didn't deter me from enjoying it to my heart's content.

There are many other things about "The Art Of War" such as the high-tech wizadry and action-filled sequences that were very enjoyable. However, the best thing about this film was the storyline. "The Art Of War" had beautiful twists toward the end of the film. In addition, there are scenes in this movie that are so good they must be seen to believe they are that good.


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