The Art of War

The Art of War Information

The Art of War is a 2000 Canadian-American action film directed by Christian Duguay, and starring Wesley Snipes, Michael Biehn, Anne Archer and Donald Sutherland. The title refers to the ancient Chinese text of the same name by war strategist Sun Tzu,

The film was followed by two direct-to-video sequels, The Art of War II: Betrayal and The Art of War III: Retribution. The third film in the series did not feature Wesley Snipes.


Neil 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 between China and the U.S., Shaw is framed for the murder and must evade the FBI and Triad gangsters to find out what is really going on.


Jet Li was originally cast for the part eventually played by Wesley Snipes.

TV reporter and future politician Erin Selby appeared as a reporter.


The Art of War received negative reviews from critics, where it holds a 16% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 80 reviews with the consensus stating: "The Art of War is basically a messy recycling of well-worn action movie cliches."

Box office

The film opened at #2 behind Bring It On, earning $10,410,993 in its opening weekend in the United States. The Art of War went on to gross $40.4 million worldwide, failing to bring back its $60 million budget.


There are two sequels:

  • The Art of War II: Betrayal (2008)
  • The Art of War III: Retribution (2009)

The Art of War II: Betrayal (2008)

Wesley Snipes reprised his role as Neil Shaw in a straight-to-DVD sequel released in August 2008. Athena Karkanis and Lochlyn Munro also star in the movie. In the sequel, Agent Neil Shaw is called out of retirement as a Hollywood film consultant by the murder of his long-time martial arts mentor, "Mother."

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