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War (also called Rogue Assassin in Europe) is a 2007 movie starring Jason Statham and Jet Li. Originally titled Rogue, the name of the movie was changed to avoid conflict with another movie with the same name.

Tropes this movie follows:

  • Alternative Foreign Theme Song: The Japanese version uses "Strong Style" by Kreva.
  • Ambiguous Ending: The film ends with Lone shooting John in revenge for inadvertently getting Lone's family killed. If it killed him or not, however, is never revealed as the movie cuts to Lone escaping the scene and later seen taking the money he gained from Shiro, getting in his car and driving off to parts unknown.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking:
    • Played straight with Shiro, who manages to hold his own against Rogue/Lone in a Sword Fight much longer than several of his assassins did earlier in the film.
    • Averted with Li Chang, who is never shown to possess exceptional combat prowess and is killed without putting up much of a fight.
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  • Back Stab: Rogue/Lone shoots John in the back for being responsible for his family's death, even though John stops the sniper from shooting his friend.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday:
    Shiro: I ordered many kills.
    Rogue/Lone: This one was different.
  • The Chessmaster: Rogue ends up working for both sides in effort to bring both of them down.
  • Decoy Protagonist: For the most part, the film seems to follow John going after Rogue in revenge for the death of his friend. However his importance is largely minuscule to the overall story and in truth, the film is really about Rogue or rather, Lone, and his quest for revenge for said death of his family.
  • Downer Ending: John's obsession in chasing Rogue and avenging his partner Lone took a toll in his family life. In the end, he gets killed (presumably) by "Rogue", who's really Lone, as revenge for working with Shiro who sent Rogue to kill him and his family.
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  • Even Evil Has Standards: Rogue seems reluctant to kill Li Chang's wife and daughter, despite previously killing Lone's family. However, it was revealed that Rogue is really Lone.
  • Eyes Never Lie: John realizes that Rogue is Lone by looking into his eyes at the end of the film, recognizing his partner's eyes.
  • Face/Heel Double-Turn: John turns out to be the one who sold Lone out, while "Rogue" turns out to be the real Lone alive and well having taken his identity and altered his face.
  • Faking the Dead: After killing Rogue, Lone put his wedding ring on Rogue's finger and burned his house down so Rogue's body would be unrecognizable.
  • Head in a Box: After killing Shiro, Rogue sends his severed head to Shiro's daughter Kira in a package. Along with a note saying "make a new life."
  • Idiot Ball: John was working for Shiro Yanagawa only to get to Rogue. However, his partner Tom Lone shoots him to save John. As payback for cheating him on his chance to finally capture Rogue, John gave Tom's address to Shiro. He thought they're just going to beat him up, but he didn't know they'd sent Rogue. However, after Rogue killed his family, Lone kills him, and was able to pass Rogue off as himself while Lone became Rogue.
    • It is less of an Idiot Ball since it is the Yakuza that wants payback.
  • It's Personal: John had always been obsessed in apprehending Rogue. But it becomes more personal when Rogue murdered his partner Lone and his family. However, to his shock, the "Rogue" he's been chasing since that day was really Lone after killing Rogue and took his place.
  • Kill and Replace: Officer Lone sets this in motion after he kills the real Rogue and takes his place.
  • Let the Boss Win: All of Shiro's men fear the consequences that may follow should they actually score a hit on him in sparring. When he is momentarily distracted, one of them accidentally strikes him, and the minion fully expects the worst. Instead, Shiro seemingly subverts this by reassuring the terrified mook that it was Shiro's own fault for being distracted and congratulates him on the hit. Then he double subverts this by ripping the poor guy's ear off.
  • Magic Plastic Surgery: Rogue. He changes his face so many times no one knows what he originally looked like, and even then his face is usually obscured by shadow. Which makes it easy for Lone to change his own face and being able to pass himself off as Rogue.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: John realized his mistake of working with Shiro and causing the death of his partner and his family. John tells Lone he's sorry for everything, but Lone doesn't forgive him.
  • Not Himself: Shiro ordered Rogue to kill Chang. But he seems to show reluctance when he's ordered to also kill Chang's wife and daughter. Kira points out Rogue that he never had problems killing women and children before. That's because he's not Rogue.
  • The Nth Doctor: Rogue is infamous for wearing a mask and undergoing frequent plastic surgeries in order to alter his face. Which makes it easy for Lone to pose as him.
  • Redemption Equals Death: John has been continuously guilty after he sold out Lone and eventually takes a bullet to save Rogue/Lone's life, but is killed by him immediately after.


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