THE ART OF WAR is a suspense-filled action thrill ride. Shaw (Wesley Snipes) is part of a top-secret team working for the United Nations, solving crises and helping maintain world peace. On a new mission involving security for a high-stakes trade pact between China and the United States, the Chinese ambassador is assassinated and Shaw is framed for the crime. Shaw must learn who framed him and why--in the process fighting off Chinese Triad gangsters, high-tech assassins, and the FBI. The only people who help Shaw are a beautiful Chinese translator (Marie Matiko) and a skeptical agent (Maury Chaykin). In addition to saving himself, Shaw has to race to keep the trade deal from collapsing and the United Nations from being humiliated and weakened. A tense techno-spy thriller, THE ART OF WAR boasts strong performances from Chaykin and Michael Biehn. Snipes gives a memorable portrayal as Shaw (half James Bond and half Shaft) with his own unique combination of martial arts expertise and secret agent charisma. Filmed largely in Montreal by Canadian director Christian Duguay (SCREAMERS, THE ASSIGNMENT), THE ART OF WAR is an exciting film with good fight sequences and a fast pace.
Christian Duguay - TV/Film Director
Maury Chaykin - Actor
Wesley Snipes - Actor, BLADE
Anne Archer - Actress
Michael Biehn - American Actor
Simon Davis Barry - ART OF WAR
Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa - Japanese Film/TV Actor "American Me"
Donald Sutherland - Canadian Actor
Marie Matiko - ART OF WAR
Kevin Bernhardt - Actor/Screenwriter
Theatrical release: August 25, 2000. Filmed on location in Quebec, Canada, and New York City. THE ART OF WAR is the name of a treatise on strategy and warfare written by the Chinese general Sun Tzu more than 2,000 years ago. Donald Sutherland plays a Canadian diplomat and Secretary General of the U.N.; Sutherland is Canadian in real life as well. The character of FBI Agent Franklin Cappella was written specifically for actor Maury Chaykin, who previously worked with ART OF WAR director Christian Duguay in the TV movie JOAN OF ARC.