Gosh, on paper this sounds tremendous, so why has no one ever heard of it ?
Based on the first of a series of best selling books, featuring John Rain as an assassin for hire, this has had a lot of money spent on it. However the script is a disaster. Based purely on the script it was never clear that Rain was an assassin, nor what his role was. What should be an exciting Bourne type story line is rendered cryptic and un-involving by this lack of detail/motivation. There are also parallel story lines with the shouty Gary Oldman heading up an enormous but incredibly useless CIA group, and an elderly Japanese character actor doing his version of Columbo.
Presumably the film was an American Japanese co-production as half of it is in Japanese with subtitles and the CIA are not sympathetically portrayed.
Throughout the film looks tremendous, with good use of locations and it is always so strange as to be unpredictable, but the whole comes to a great deal less than the sum of the parts. Scene after scene is an inferior pastiche of better scenes in other films. The music has to carry the whole story, while the script gives the actors nothing to work with.
The last few scenes are totally bizarre, including a set up for a sequel that highlights the folly of having a japanese character called John Rain, as he inevitably introduces himself as "hello my name is John Wayne".