Taglines: Vengeance is the ultimate weapon.
Tom Lone and John Crawford worked together for many years in the FBI, where they risked their lives and helped to get out of trouble. They managed to make good friends and became quite close people, so they worked exclusively together, completely trusting any secrets. They recently had to travel to Asia, where the men faced great danger in the form of the Triad and the Yakuza. Taking part in a serious firefight, they encounter a former intelligence agent who, for some unknown reason, quit his job and went over to the side of the enemy. Now he works for the head of the mafia group and kills Tom for revenge, and then brutally deals with his family.
The partner was shocked by what was happening, because he was close, but could not protect his devoted friend and his family. He decides to catch Rogue, but this is quite difficult to do. For almost 3 years he has been chasing him around the country, but he cannot catch the cynical killer, because he is significantly ahead of the experienced agent by several steps. Now he heads an entire department of the FBI, but he cannot calm down and live a normal life until he avenges Tom’s death. He recently learned that Rogue works for two opposing mafias and is trying by any means to play them off, so John arms himself and goes in search of a longtime enemy.
Creators: Lee Anthony Smith, Gregory J. Bradley
Director: Philip G. Atwell.
Star Cast: Jet Li, Jason Statham, John Lone, Devon Aoki, Luis Guzmán, Saul Rubinek, Ryo Ishibashi, Sung Kang, Mathew St. Patrick, Nadine Velazquez
Producer (s): Steve Chasman, Christopher Petzel, Jim Thompson
Cinematographer: Pierre Morel
Production House: Lionsgate, Mosaic Media Group, Fierce Entertainment
Music: Brian Tyler
Original network / Official Sites: Lionsgate
Release Year: 24 August 2007 (USA)
Runtime: 103 min
Genres: Action, Thriller.
Country: USA, Canada
Language: English, Mandarin, Japanese, Cantonese
An FBI Agent seeks vengeance on a mysterious assassin known as “Rogue” who murdered his partner.
After his partner Tom Lone and family are killed apparently by the infamous and elusive assassin Rogue, FBI agent John Crawford becomes obsessed with revenge as his world unravels into a vortex of guilt and betrayal. Rogue eventually resurfaces to settle a score of his own, setting off a bloody crime war between Asian mob rivals Chang of the Triad’s and Yakuza boss Shiro. When Jack and Rogue finally come face to face, the ultimate truth of their pasts will be revealed.
During a shootout against Chinese Triads at a San Francisco dock warehouse, FBI agents John Crawford (Jason Statham) and Tom Lone (Terry Chen) stumble across the notorious assassin Rogue (Jet Li), a former CIA assassin who now works for the Japanese Yakuza. Rogue ambushes Crawford and is about to execute him when Lone appears and shoots Rogue in the face, causing him to fall into the water. Rogue’s body was never found and he is presumed dead. However, Rogue survives and retaliates against Lone, his wife and his daughter. He kills them, burns down the house, and leaves their three corpses in the ashes of their home.
Three years later, Rogue re-appears, working under Chinese Triad boss Li Chang (John Lone). While working with Chang, Rogue secretly instigates a war between the Triads and the Yakuza, led by Shiro Yanagawa (Ryo Ishibashi). Rogue first attacks a club run by the Yakuza by killing the gangsters and later on the runners in order to recover a pair of antique gold horses, family heirlooms of Chang.
Now the head agent of the FBI’s Asian Crime Task Force, Crawford is determined to hunt Rogue down and exact revenge for Lone’s death. Crawford’s obsessive pursuit of Rogue has taken a toll on his personal life causing him to be estranged from his family. Crawford comes close to catching Rogue in the wake of Rogue’s various killing sprees against the Triads and Yakuza, but Rogue always manages to stay one step ahead.
Ultimately, Rogue’s actions have gained the trust of both Chang and Yanagawa. Rogue succeeds in killing Chang, but spares Chang’s wife and child, turning on the Yakuza. With Chang dead, Yanagawa appears in America, intending to expand Yakuza business operations. However, he is confronted by Crawford and the FBI; Crawford presents Yanagawa with proof that Rogue has betrayed him and spared Chang’s family, but Yanagawa refuses to assist Crawford in locating Rogue.
Later, Rogue delivers the horses to Yanagawa personally. Knowing of Rogue’s betrayal, Yanagawa captures Rogue and demands the location of Chang’s family. Rogue turns the tables on Yanagawa’s men and kills them all, and engages in a sword fight against Yanagawa himself. Yanagawa discovers that the real Rogue was killed when attempting to assassinate Lone. Lone in turn surgically altered himself to assume the assassin’s identity. Lone reveals that his actions have all been designed to bring him face-to-face with Yanagawa, so he could kill the man who ordered the death of his family. Yanagawa reveals that Crawford was in his pocket that whole time and responsible for leaking Tom Lone’s identity and home address to the real Rogue. Angered, Lone disarms and decapitates Yanagawa.
Meanwhile, Chang’s wife receives a package from Lone, containing one of the two golden horses that belongs to Chang’s family and a message reading, “Make a new life”. Yanagawa’s daughter also receives a package with the same message and inside the box is her father’s head. Lone then calls Crawford as he is packing up his office, asking him to meet him at the dock warehouse where they last made their investigation. Before going to the warehouse, Crawford enlists the help of Goi (Sung Kang), an FBI sniper that aided Crawford throughout the investigation.
At the warehouse, Crawford and Lone battle each other in an intense hand-to-hand fight in which Lone reveals his true identity to Crawford.
When Lone reveals his true identity, a devastated Crawford reveals that it was true that he was working for Yanagawa at the time but had no idea that Rogue was still alive. He was then blackmailed into giving Lone’s address to Yanagawa thinking that Yanagawa’s men were only going there to “rough him up a bit”. Ever since, Crawford was angry at himself and wanted revenge against Rogue and everyone else involved in what he thought was his partner’s death.
Crawford protects Lone by jumping in front of Goi’s line of sight, but is then shot by Lone. The next day, Lone later drives out of town to start a new life.