Director Chris Nahon had to slow down the fight scene between Jet Li and Cyril Raffaelli because they were moving too fast for the camera.
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In the scene were Jet Li attacks Max Ryan "Lupo", they were supposed to film the dialog scene separately from the fight that follows. However, after the dialog, the director didn't say "cut", and so Jet attacked Max. The take is in the final film - along with Max Ryan's very realistic frightened expression.
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Cyril Raffaelli knows how to perform the one-and-a-quarter backwards somersault-kick he does in the final fight scene without the aid of wires. There were at least two takes without the wire, but supposedly Cyril was moving too fast for the camera. Wires were added in for "clarity".
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The style of action in this movie was heavily influenced by comments made during series of messages posted by fans on the Jet Li website forum, immediately after the release of Romeo Must Die (2000) in the United States. The fans wanted more realistic fighting as in Jet Li's movie Fist of Legend (1994) (Fist of Legend).
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The only scenes that used CGI are when Jet Li falls down the laundry drop with CG flames surrounding him and in the hotel scene when Jet Li kicks the ball from the pool table.
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There are only seven wires used in the entire movie.
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The tunnel where Jet Li is ambushed by French policemen is the same tunnel at Pont d'Alma in Paris where Princess Diana died.
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The only scenes involving wire work were when Jet Li had to jump up to kick the pool ball and when Cyril Raffaelli (Twin 1) performs his one-and-a-quarter backwards somersault-kick.
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The turtle that Richard keeps in his drawer was the pet of one of the crew members.
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Despite both being from China, Liu Juang and Uncle Tai only speak English with each other even in private. It's possible that one speaks Mandarin while the other speaks Cantonese, though this is never touched upon during the film.
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In the opening scenes where the taxi driver is taking Jet Li around, it shows footage of the Arc de Triomphe with trees with no leaves. Yet in the taxi the cameras clearly show trees with leaves, meaning the footage of the Arc de Triomphe is stock footage.
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The number plate of the taxi Jet Li is in during the opening titles is 5080TAG4 - sabotage, a taste of what's to come.
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At the orphanage, Jessica's daughter is listed as "Isabel Kamen". Isabel is the real first name of the girl who played the daughter (Isabelle Duhauvelle), and Kamen is the last name of the film's writer, Robert Mark Kamen.
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Whilst doing promotional interviews for this film, both Bridget Fonda and Tcheky Karyo stated how in awe they were of Jet Li when they observed him filming his martial arts sequences
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