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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.

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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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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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:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital EX

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa and Wesley Snipes appeared together in Rising Sun alongside Sean Connery. See more »

Goofs

The United Nations does not negotiate trade agreements - the World Trade Organization does - therefore the UN Secretary-General would not be involved with overseeing a trade negotiation. 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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Referenced in The Simpsons: The War of Art (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

I'm Gonna Get You Now
Written by Jerry De Villiers Jr.
Performed by Jerry De Villiers Jr.
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Had potential but took the easy way out. Still, not bad.
29 November 2008 | by dvc5159See all my reviews

In this tale of betrayal and conspiracy, secret agent Neil Shaw (Wesley Snipes) finds himself framed for the murder of the UN Chinese Ambassador. What follows soon after is a palate of action sequences that are easy to the eyes and references to real-world politics, though sometimes far-fetched.

The story is okay, but it could have been so much more. They should have focused more on the crumbling relationship between the US and China as shown in the film, with a lot of truth mixed in. But alas, they had to add in some predictably cheesy plot twists to make it more "audience friendly". The action sequences, although well filmed, looks lost in this film. And there are some obvious plot holes here.

Actors are average. Snipes gives his usual action-hero persona we've seen in "Murder at 1600". Marie Matiko is gorgeous with her sultry eyes and accent, and gives a good performance, making her not just eye candy. Donald Sutherland, although brief, gives the best performance in the film as the Secretary of Defense, but I think he needed more screen time. Anne Archer is also quite good in her role, as Shaw's head Hooks.

Direction wise, Christian Duguay did the job. His direction is gripping. The music by Normand Corbeil suits the atmosphere of the film, and is not cheesy or overblown. The editing is fast.

In short, it could have been an intelligent thriller, but it opted for the easy way out, filled with clichés, plot holes and a lot of action. The latter I can live with but the former two needs some corrections. Still, it's not bad. Not bad at all.

Entertainment: 7

Overall: 6


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