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Production Notes

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Rating: TBD

Running time: 99 mins.


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THE CAST

JET LI…………………………………………………………………….………….Rogue

JASON STATHAM………………………………………………………...……Crawford

JOHN LONE………………………………………………………………………...Chang

DEVON AOKI…………………………………………………………………..….…Kira

LUIS GUZMAN…………………………………………………………………......Benny

SAUL RUBINEK………………………………………………………..........Dr. Sherman

RYO ISHIBASHI……………………………………………………………………..Shiro

SUNG KANG………………………………………………………………….……….Goi

MATHEW ST. PARTICK…...…………………………………………………….....Wick

NADINE VELAZQUEZ………………………………………….……………….…Maria

ANDREA ROTH………………………………………………….............Jenny Crawford

MARK CHENG…………………………………………………………….…….…Wu Ti

KANE KOSUGI………………………………………………......Temple Garden Warrior

KENNEDY LAUREN MONTANO……………………………..…………………….Ana

TERRY CHEN..…………………………………………………………………Tom Lone




THE FILMMAKERS

Directed by...………………………………………………………...PHILIP G. ATWELL

Screenplay by...…………………………………………………LEE ANTHONY SMITH

………………………………………………………………….GREGORY J. BRADLEY

Produced by…...……………………………………………………STEVEN CHASMAN

………………………………………………………………….CHRISTOPHER PETZEL

…………………………………………………………………………..JIM THOMPSON

Executive Producer………………………………………………..……..MIKE ELLIOTT

Director of Photography…………………………………………………PIERRE MOREL

Production Designer…………………………………………………..…CHRIS AUGUST

Editor…………………………………………………………………...SCOTT RICHTER

Costume Designer……………………………………..……CYNTHIA ANN SUMMERS

Martial Arts Choreographer….……………………………………………...CORY YUEN

Stunt Coordinator.……………………………………………….…SCOTT NICHOLSON

Special Effects Coordinator………………………………………CLAYTON SEHEIRER

Casting by……………………………………………………………..MAUREEN WEBB

……………………………………………………………………….COLLEEN ROGERS

SYNOPSIS

A full-throttle, martial arts thriller, Lionsgate's WAR stars Jet Li (FEARLESS, UNLEASHED, THE ONE) and Jason Statham (CRANK, THE ITALIAN JOB) as two adversaries set on a violent collision course in the Asian mob underground. Produced by Steven Chasman, Jim Thompson and Christopher Petzel, WAR is directed by Philip G. Atwell from a script by Lee Anthony Smith and Gregory J. Bradley.


After his partner is brutally murdered by the infamous assassin Rogue (Jet Li), FBI agent Jack Crawford (Jason Statham) vows to find the elusive killer and personally avenge his partner's death. But Rogue proves untraceable until three years later when he resurfaces to ignite a bloody turf war between Chinese mob leader Chang (John Lone) and Japanese Yakuza boss Shiro (Ryo Ishibashi). Eager to capture Rogue once and for all, Crawford leads his team of crime specialists headlong into the conflict. But Crawford's thirst for vengeance jeopardizes his professional judgment, and as the violence escalates, Crawford finally comes face to face with his enemy to discover that nothing about Rogue or his plan is quite what it seems.

ABOUT THE PRODUCTION

Set amidst the violence of America's Asian underworld, Lionsgate’s WAR is a high-adrenaline action thriller that examines just how far one man is prepared to go to avenge the death of his best friend. Crawford is a fallen FBI agent who is bent on revenge, and the man he wants is Rogue – a killer with a hidden agenda and no loyalties, a ruthless, shadowy assassin who seems to materialize at will, wreak havoc in a few silent seconds, and then disappear again like a ghost…

WAR screenwriters Lee Anthony Smith and Gregory J. Bradley had been long time Jet Li fans and disciples of the Asian-influenced action genre when they created the role of Rogue, and they did so expressly to accommodate their screen idol. Many screenwriters write scripts with particular stars in mind, but in this case, producer Jim Thompson actually managed to get Smith’s and Bradley’s script to Li, who signed on to play Rogue.

“It's one of those rare occasions where the writers had a vision, they had one guy in mind, and we actually made it happen,” says Thompson. “We got it to the guy that it was intended for, and the movie actually happened with him in the part, which is rare.”

An international film star and world-renowned martial arts master, Jet Li first gained notoriety in Asia as a martial arts competitor. His remarkable success in the field led to his first starring role in Chang Hsin Yen's 1979 film, THE SHAOLIN TEMPLE, which instantly turned Li into a martial arts screen star in Asia. The ensuing years have brought him a worldwide following with the release of such films as FEARLESS, UNLEASHED, HERO, and THE ONE.

Steven Chasman, who represents Li and acts as one of WAR's producers, says he was surprised by Li’s strong endorsement of the WAR’s script. “When I first read it I didn't think Jet would be interested because the character is really the antithesis of almost everything he's ever played in a movie. But to my surprise he responded enthusiastically.”

“I’ve never played this kind of character before,” agrees Li. “I don't know whether he's good or bad. I only know this character, who is very violent, has a reason for doing what he does.”

A devout Buddhist, Li often seeks projects that reflect his philosophical ideals about violence. He admits that he sometimes struggled with Rogue’s particular brand of ruthless vengeance. “Even though I don't agree with what this guy does, I had to commit to it,” he says. “When I went to the set, I had to forget I'm Jet Li first and be in that world. Then I’d go back home and think, ‘Oh, why am I doing this?’ I’d have to remind myself that the character is not me. It's somebody else.”

With Li on board for the title role, the producers turned their attention to casting Rogue's nemesis, John Crawford, the police officer who risks everything to exact revenge. “John Crawford is pretty much the driving force of the story,” explains director Philip Atwell. “He's an FBI agent who, in a sense, has kind of gone rogue himself. And he's enlisted himself to find the killer who took out his best friend and his best friend's family.”

The part of Crawford called for an actor who could handle extreme physical set pieces as well as intense, emotional scenes; with his bulldog intensity and strong onscreen presence, Jason Statham, known for films like CRANK and THE TRANSPORTER, was the ideal candidate. Says Chasman, “He’s a great actor who also brings a lot more dimensions to the role than just the physicality. He’s got it all."  

Statham signed up immediately for the project, eager to work with Li again after appearing alongside him in 2001s THE ONE. “I never got to fight him on that movie,” he laughs. “Working with Jet Li and doing something with a much deeper storyline, a bit more of a meaningful character for me to play and to actually come head to head with Jet and bash it out was something I was deprived of previously."

Statham also reacted strongly to the multi-layered role of Crawford. “Crawford becomes obsessed with seeking revenge on Rogue, trying to right the wrong that has happened even though it's quite possibly out of his control,” explains the actor. “In the end, he actually gets to accept what happened to his friend while exorcising a few of his own demons.”

For both stars, the process of working together was uniquely rewarding. Says Statham, “Li was just great to act with. You just look at his eyes and you've got a great, real connection.”

“He’s a great actor,” says Li of his co-star, smiling. “He’s much better than me.”

With the stars in place, the producers approached Philip G. Atwell to helm the project. Known for his music videos for rap stars Eminem and 50 Cent, Atwell's eye for stylish, edgy visuals was considered a perfect fit for the raw intensity of WAR. States Chasman, “Philip seems to really have his finger on the pulse of the audience.”

Production for WAR took place in Vancouver, where Atwell gathered a talented, international ensemble cast, including John Lone (YEAR OF THE DRAGON, THE LAST EMPORER), Terry Chen (ALMOST FAMOUS, SNAKES ON A PLANE), Luis Guzman (PUNCH DRUNK LOVE, TRAFFIC, THE SALTON SEA), Nadine Velazquez (MY NAME IS EARL, BIKER BOYZ) and Devon Aoki (SIN CITY).

Atwell’s most significant decision was to steer the script away from the florid, slick visuals epitomized by the MATRIX films. “We still have a bit of a comic book style,” he explains. “But the idea was to make a hard-core aggressive movie – as though these things could happen in real life. I didn't want the audience to say, ‘Well, wait, how did he climb up the wall like that?’ Stuntmen want to flip four times more than they really need to. And for certain films I think that's great, but for WAR it was important to keep it grounded.”

Cory Yuen, arguably the world's best known stunt choreographer and a director in his own right (THE TRANSPORTER, D.O.A.), teamed up with Li, Statham and Atwell to create WAR’s realistic fight sequences and impressive stunts. “As much as Jet is a legend as an onscreen performer, Cory is a legend as far as putting these fights together,” says producer Christopher Petzel. “There are one or two household names in the world as far as action choreography and Cory is one of them.”

“Jet Li is a martial artist,” says Yuen. “His moves are traditional martial arts yet cool. Jason's style is more powerful and not martial arts or kung fu style. The styles are so different, which is why I think the audience will like to see a fight between two of them. That's why we're worked out the special fight at the end of the movie which is the climactic action fight sequence.”

Atwell also enlisted cinematographer Pierre Morel, who had worked with both Li and Statham on UNLEASHED and THE TRANSPORTER, to facilitate his vision. Atwell's less-is-more philosophy also set the tone for special effects artists Jason Ward and Ryan Nicholson of Vancouver's Flesh and Fantasy Makeup Effects.

“When you watch movies and you see a guy get shot and a big blood pack goes off – well, that's not how it happens in reality,” says Atwell. “I think there's more of an impact to show how it really happens and have the actors respond in a real way. That’ll be as painful as seeing a big blood spurt shoot across the screen.”

To ensure that the action scenes were as authentic as possible, Atwell also put his cast through special weapons training sessions and police recruit boot camps. Says Sung Kang, who plays Jade Squad sniper, Goi, “We learned how to hold a gun properly, how to enter a building, how to cover the rear unit, basically what a SWAT team’s procedures are in terms of staking out, holding the weapon, or firing the weapon.”



Despite all of this attention to detail, Li maintains that “in action movies the most important thing is the story, not the fighting.” Statham agrees, and hopes that viewers will become invested in Crawford’s hunt for Rogue. “Action for the sake of action doesn't carry much weight,” says Statham. “WAR is a thinking man's action movie. The audience is going to be on the edge of their seats thinking, ‘Are they going to get this guy? Is justice ever going to come? Is this Rogue going to pay for all these wrongdoings?’ And then when they finally find out, they’ll be taken totally by surprise.”
ABOUT THE CAST
JET LI (Rogue)
Born in Beijing, Li began studying the art of wushu (the general Chinese term for martial arts) at the age of 8. After three years of extensive training, Li won his first national championship for the Beijing Wushu Team. Jet Li's celebrity in China was so great, the government selected him to represent the country in over 45 countries by performing martial arts at various state functions. The most famous, in terms of history, was his 1974 performance on the lawn of the Whitehouse for President Richard Nixon, after he had just reopened American diplomatic relations with China. For the next five years, he remained the All-Around National Wushu Champion of China.
Shortly after retiring from the sport at the age of 17, he was offered many starring roles and subsequently began on his film career with director Chang Hsin Yen for SHAOLIN TEMPLE. The success of SHAOLIN TEMPLE propelled Li from a mere martial arts master to a full-fledged Chinese movie star and celebrity almost overnight. His star shone so bright that almost any picture with his name attached became an instant success. KIDS FROM SHAOLIN and MARTIAL ARTS OF SHAOLIN, Jet's second and third films respectively, also enjoyed box-office success. Li was to complete 25 successful Asian films before crossing over to America.
Since his first English-language film appearance as the villain in LETHAL WEAPON 4 opposite Mel Gibson, Jet has appeared in films like ROMEO MUST DIE, THE ONE, KISS OF THE DRAGON, and HERO.
After HERO, Li continued with projects such as CRADLE 2 THE GRAVE and UNLEASHED co-starring Morgan Freeman and Bob Hoskins. In 2005 Li began work on what he said was the culmination of his life-long experience with martial arts. FEARLESS, directed by Ronny Yu, is Jet Li's last wushu film and has received considerable box office and critical success both in Asia and around the world, including a "Best Actor" award from the Hong Kong Film Critics Association.
Li recently wrapped principal photography on the Chinese-language film TOU MING ZHUANG (known in English as THE WARLORDS) with Andy Lau and Takeshi Kaneshiro.
Li is extending his fame to charitable causes. Already a Red Cross ambassador, Li recently spearheaded and founded the Red Cross Society of China Jet Li One Foundation Project (One Foundation), a foundation whose goal is to provide counseling to victims of natural disasters and to help young people coping with mental health and psychological issues.
The One Foundation believes that “1 person + 1 dollar +1 month = 1 big family.” Says Li, “If each person donates at least one dollar each month, our individual donations will be transformed into a much greater fund. When we combine our charitable strength, we can make sure that the most vulnerable members of our global family will receive the help they need right away.”
JASON STATHAM (Crawford)
Born in Sydenham, England, Jason Statham was one of the best divers on the British team. He placed third in the Olympic trials on three different occasions, eventually placing 12th in the world. While training at the famed Crystal Palace National Sport Center in London, film crews and photographers pursued him as new talent for commercials and print campaigns. One of those jobs was a French Connection print ad where he met the owner of the company, who was also executive producer of a film in preparation, LOCK STOCK AND TWO SMOKING BARRELS. Jason had a meeting with the director, Guy Ritchie, who gave him a role. He went on to work with Ritchie again in his next film SNATCH, starring opposite Brad Pitt and Benicio Del Toro.
Next came TURN IT UP with US music star Ja Rule, followed by a role in the sci-fi film GHOSTS OF MARS. Jet Li's THE ONE was Jason’s first collaboration with producer Steven Chasman, before he joined Vinnie Jones in MEAN MACHINE for Guy Ritchie and producer Matthew Vaughn. In 2002 he was cast in the title role of Frank Martin in THE TRANSPORTER. He starred as Handsome Rob in the summer 2003 blockbuster remake of THE ITALIAN JOB and as the adrenaline-compromised action hero of CRANK.  His collaboration with producer Chasman has continued through TRANSPORTER II and CHAOS.  THE BANK JOB is their sixth film together.

JOHN LONE (Chang)
Three of John Lone's three recent films testify to the scope and diversity of his talent. In David Cronenberg's film adaptation of the Broadway hit M BUTTERFLY, Lone starred in the title role as the captivating muse who seduces and coerces a French diplomat, played by Jeremy Irons into duplicity. In the 1994 release, THE SHADOW, Lone portrayed Alec Baldwin's nemesis, Shiwan Khan, the last warrior descendent of Genghis Khan, who would stop at nothing to gain world domination, much as the Shadow would do everything in his power to prevent him. In Jonathan Lawton's 1995 release of THE HUNTED, Lone starred as a ninja in a haunting story of revenge and pursuit set in contemporary Japan.
Lone catapulted to international attention with the title role in Bernardo Bertolucci's Oscar-winning THE LAST EMPEROR. With a series of starring roles in feature films and two Golden Globe nominations, Lone's artistry as an actor has been highly regarded by critics and audiences alike.
Lone made his theatrical film debut portraying a prehistoric man brought back to life in Fred Schepisi's ICEMAN. He next played a suave and dangerous Chinese underworld kingpin in Michael Cimino's crime drama THE YEAR OF THE DRAGON. His subsequent roles include that of an enigmatic businessman/art collector living among expatriates in 1920's Paris, in Alan Rudolph's THE MODERNS, and a Balinese dancer involved in an interracial love affair (with Wendy Hughes) in Philip Noyce's ECHOES OF PARADISE. Lone was also responsible in helping to assemble an international creative team for the independent feature films, SHADOW OF CHINA and SHANGHAI 1920.
Lone was born in Hong Kong and became orphaned early on. He was sent, at an early age, to live with a monastic like Beijing Opera company. Lone passed up the offer of a ten year contract to be groomed as a star for the Hong Kong cinema establishment and instead chose to pursue his own brand of artistic expression. This determination and a growing interest in Western culture led him to the United States.
Lone's initial American success was in David Henry Hwang's play "FOB" at Joseph Papp's Public Theatre in New York. His performance earned him an Obie Award and the serious attention of the New York theater world. Hwang wrote his next play, "The Dance and the Railroad," specifically for Lone. In this critically heralded production, Lone not only played the lead but also served as director, choreographer and composer. After a successful theatrical run, his production was showcased on television as part of the New York Shakespeare Festival/ABC Arts Productions. Lone made his directorial debut with the PBS/American Playhouse production of "Paper Angels," based on a play that he had directed for the New York stage.

DEVON AOKI (Kira)
Devon recently completed shooting a lead role in the feature film, THE MUTANT CHRONICLES, opposite Thomas Jane and John Malkovich. . She can currently be seen in Dimension’s release, D.O.A., based on the worldwide video game. The film was produced by Paul Anderson and directed by Cory Yuen. Devon Aoki also can be seen in the film SIN CITY for director Robert Rodriguez and Miramax Films. Devon also had a starring role in the feature film D.E.B.S. for Sony Screen Gems, released soon by Samuel Goldwyn Films. The film was also featured at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival. In addition, Devon made her engaging screen debut in the Universal summer hit, 2 FAST 2 FURIOUS, for director John Singleton. Devon has also been one of the international faces of Lancôme, the leading cosmetics company in the world.
Devon began her career as a top mode at fourteen years old. While living in London, Devon quickly ascended to become one of the most sought after models. Her cross-cultural international appeal has established Devon as a public figure all over the world, including her family’s homeland of Japan, where she has endorsed companies such as Shishedo, Loreal, Sunsystems, Toyota and Peachtree Juices.
Devon’s extensive work in the fashion industry includes editorial pictorials for Harper’s Bazaar by Patrick Demarchelier, American Vogue by Steven Meisel, British Vogue by Mario Testino, W Magazine by Paolo Roversi, The Face by Ellen von Unwerth, French Vogue, Russian Vogue, I.D. Magazine and Dutch. Devon was also featured on the cover of Interview Magazine’s anniversary issue, shot by David La Chappelle.
Devon is a favorite with photographers as well as designers and has been featured in numerous campaigns. These include Chanel by Karl Lagerfeld, Versace by Steven Meisel, Wella by Ella von Unwerth, Cerrutti by Annette Aurell and Moschino. In addition, Devon has made numerous runway appearances, which include Thierry Mugler, Fendi, Gaultier, Givenchy, Ferretti, Ralph Lauren, Yves St. Laurent, Bella Freud, Anna Molinari, Versace and Chanel. She served as Karl Lagerfeld’s muse and was the bride of Chanel five seasons in a row.

Devon’s personal interests include writing, photography, poetry, yoga, ballet, karate and surfing.


LUIS GUZMAN (Benny)
Luis Guzman’s upcoming feature releases include THE CLEANER opposite Samuel L. Jackson, directed by Renny Harlin, and MALDEAMORES produced by Benicio Del Toro .
Mr. Guzman has also played substantial roles in Todd Phillips’ SCHOOL FOR SCOUNDRELS; Richard Linklater’s FAST FOOD NATION; WAITING with Anna Faris and Ryan Reynolds; DREAMER with Kurt Russel and Dakota Fanning; CARLITO’S WAY with Al Pacino and Sean Penn; CARLITO’S WAY: RISE TO POWER with Mario Van Peebles and Sean Combs; LEMONY SNICKETS’ SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS with Jim Carrey; ANGER MANAGEMENT, with Adam Sandler and Jack Nicholson, and CONFIDENCE with Ed Burns and Dustin Hoffman, directed by James Foley. Mr. Guzman also starred in PUNCH-DRUNK LOVE, with Adam Sandler, directed by Paul Thomas Anderson and WELCOME TO COLLINWOOD with George Clooney.
The former social worker has become a well-known leading and character actor, appearing in over 60 feature films. Born in Puerto Rico, Mr. Guzman grew up in Manhattan. He graduated from City College, after which he worked as a youth counselor at the Henry Street Settlement House while performing in street theater and independent films. Mr. Guzman's first big break was a guest appearance on the NBC series "Miami Vice".
Mr. Guzman has appeared in three films for Sidney Lumet, GUILTY AS SIN, FAMILY BUSINESS and Q & A; two films for Brian De Palma, SNAKE EYES and CARLITO’S WAY; three films for Paul Thomas Anderson, MAGNOLIA, BOOGIE NIGHTS; and three films for Steven Soderbergh, TRAFFIC, THE LIMEY ( for which he received and Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor) and OUT OF SIGHT.
Mr. Guzman's other films include Anthony Minghella's MR. WONDERFUL, Ridley Scott's BLACK RAIN, THE HARD WAY, CADILLAC MAN, TRUE BELIEVER, and THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO, directed by Kevin Reynolds".
Early in his career, Mr. Guzman made guest appearances on many television shows, including ABC's "NYPD Blue", NBC's "Law & Order" and HBO's "Oz".

MATHEW ST. PATRICK (Wick)
Mathew St. Patrick has been in the entertainment industry for over 20 years. In this time, he has established himself in both film and television. His film credits include VIRTUOSITY, TIDES OF WATER, and FERRIS WHEEL. In television, Mathew is most known for his role in “Six Feet Under.” In both 2003 and 2004, the show won the Emmy for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series. He has also starred in “Reunion,” “All My Children,” “General Hospital,” and “Beverly Hills 90210.” In addition, he has enjoyed guest staring roles on “Law and Order,” “NYPD Blue, “Diagnosis Murder,” and many more. Mathew has also been involved in two theatre productions, “Full Court Press” and “Criminal Ties.”
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