of War' at Liberty
By Susitha R. Fernando
Action filled thriller film "Art of War"
starring Wesly Snipes will be screened at Liberty from November 22.
('Blade' and 'U.S. Marshals') is Neil Shaw, an American agent who
must uncover an international plot to bring down the United Nations
on the eve of an historic summit with China.
A group of
murdered Chinese refugees is found in a container in the New York
harbour, setting off a bizarre and mysterious chain of events leading
to the murder of the Chinese U.N. Ambassador. When Shaw is accused
of the crime, he must go underground-in effect, vanish from his
own life to solve the mystery and clear his name. He can trust no
one except a beautiful U. N. translator who may hold the key to
a global conspiracy of cataclysmic proportions.
In the tale
of deception is David Chan the ruthless businessman Shaw suspects
of being the mastermind behind the apparent sabotage of the agreement
in hand with Shaw when everyone seems to betray him Mario Matiko
starring as Julia, the U.N. translator plays a key role in Shaw's
uncovering of the conspiracy. It was their joint effort to unravel
the set of international crooks.
The film set
against the high-stakes corridors of the United Nations is filled
with pulse-racing stunt scenes.
martial arts stunts, fast driving cars and trucks and motorcycle
rides 'Art of War' unravels a racket and underhand activities involved
in the international politics done by United Nations.
of the whole world is controlled by one or two who pretend to be
international peace crusaders. Hidden are dangerous agendas that
take place in international peace movements even in the UN itself.
The film is based on the theme of manipulation and the idea that
things are not what they appear to be.
Playing an international
cast with Asians, Americans and Canadians the film stars Anne Archer
as Shaw's supervisor, Hooks, an ambitious FBI agent. Maury Chaykin
as Capella, Marie Matico as Julia Fang, the U.N. translator who
is Shaw's only ally, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa is cast as Chan. Michael
Biehn as Shaw's American agent partner, Bly and Donald Southerland
stars as UN Secretary General Thomas.
is by Wayne Beach and Simon Davis Barry and story is by Wayne Beach.
Produced by Nicolas Clermont, "The Art of War" is directed
by Christian Duguay. The film is distributed by Warner Brothers
flies high on one wing
Handagama's film "Flying With One Wing" ('Thani Thatuwen
Piyambanna') was chosen as the Best Asian Film at the recently concluded
Tokyo International Film Festival.
other Asian films Handagama's creation rose to the top. Along with
the award the director was offered a prize of one million Yen.
The film last
month represented Sri Lanka at San Sebastian International Film
Festival (IFF) in Spain and it will be screened at Nantes IFF, France
on November 23. This film was the first Sri Lankan representation
at both these festivals.
to these screenings, the film had enjoyed seven outings at other
a novel theme the main roles are played by Anoma Jinadari, Mahendra
Perera, W. Jayasiri, Wilson Gunaratne and Gayani Sasanthika.
film 'Me Mage Sandai' represented Lanka at over ten international
film festivals and was selected for the experimental section in
the London Film Festival. It won the award for the Best film at
the 'Joungu' International Film Festival in Korea and Bronze Remi
award for the Best Feature film at the Houston International Film
His first film,
"Chanda Kinnarie" (Moon Lady) won several awards including
awards for Most Promising Director in 1994 and the OCIC award and
for Best film, Best Director and Best screenplay.
Piyambanna' the first film produced by Upul Shantha Sannasgala is
to be released at the beginning of early January next year.
Patikki': Tale of woe
"Rosa Patikki" is another film made around a woman,
who is victimised by social evil now being screened at Ritz, Borella
and other cinemas.
The film, directed
by Eranga Senaratne and produced by Sarath Namalgama, has Veena
Jayakody in the main role.
The story unfolds
around Siriyawathi a mother of two children. Meeting with an accident
her husband becomes a cripple. This brings disaster to her family
and she plans to go in search of black gold. But she is cheated
by the agent who takes the money she got after mortgaging her house
and property. She goes to police when a policeman befriends her
promising to help her to get back the money. Later he too deserts
Others in the
cast are Asela Jayakody, Sarath Namalgama, Mayuri Samarasinghe and