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Romeo Must Die (2000)

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An avenging cop seeks out his brother's killer and falls for the daughter of a businessman who is involved in a money-deal with his father.

Director:

Andrzej Bartkowiak

Writers:

Mitchell Kapner (story), Eric Bernt (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
2 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jet Li ... Han Sing
Aaliyah ... Trish O'Day
Isaiah Washington ... Mac
Russell Wong ... Kai
Delroy Lindo ... Isaak O'Day
D.B. Woodside ... Colin (as DB Woodside)
Henry O Henry O ... Ch'u Sing
Jon Kit Lee ... Po Sing
Edoardo Ballerini ... Vincent Roth
Anthony Anderson ... Maurice
DMX ... Silk
Matthew Harrison ... Dave
Terry Chen ... Kung
Derek Lowe ... Chinese Messenger
Ronin Wong ... New Prisoner
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Storyline

In this modern day Romeo and Juliet, kung fu action star Jet Li plays Romeo to hip-hop singer, Aaliyah Haughton's Juliet. Li is an ex-cop investigating the murder of his brother, who had ties with the Chinese mafia in America. Aaliyah plays the daughter of the American mob boss. Neither side approves of their romance, so, obviously, kung fu action ensues, with a soundtrack by Aaliyah. Written by Pugnax the Great <pugnax@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The Word On The Street Is...[Romeo Must Die] See more »

Genres:

Action | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, some language and brief nudity | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Warner Bros.

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Chinese

Release Date:

22 March 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Romeo Must Die See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,014,503, 26 March 2000

Gross USA:

$55,973,336

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$91,036,760
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Jody Vance, the television sportscaster who delivers news of the expansion football team, is a real Vancouver-based sportscaster with the network Rogers Sportsnet. See more »

Goofs

When Han leaves Trish's place and beats up Maurice and his gang, we see Maurice with a cut that is bleeding on the right side of his lip. Later, when Han is persuaded to play football with Mac and the rest, we see Maurice with a scar on the left side of his lip. See more »

Quotes

Isaak: You killed Colin?
Mac: Even fake wars have casualties, Isaak. I guess uh, old collard green couldn't fly, huh?
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Crazy Credits

The credits during the opening of the movie are first given in Chinese characters and then are translated into English. See more »

Alternate Versions

The UK version was cut by Warner Bros. to get a "15" rating. 30 seconds of violence were removed including blood spurts from gunshots, a throat punch, shots of a scorching bowl being pressed onto Jet Li's hands and Li's burned hands being scraped whilst Li is dragged around, heavy punches, a head-butt and a throat chop. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The '90s: We Invented This (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Come Back in One Piece
Written by Stephen Garrett, DMX (as Earl Simmons), Irv Gotti,
Robert Mays, George Clinton (as George Clinton Jr.), Bernie Worrell (as Bernard G. Worrell) and Bootsy Collins
Produced by Little Rob and Irv Gotti
Performed by Aaliyah featuring DMX
DMX appears courtesy of Ruff Ryders Entertainment / Def Jam Records
Aaliyah appears courtesy of Blackground Records
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User Reviews

 
Enjoyable enough
20 June 2003 | by henry-girlingSee all my reviews

There seems to be several films in this one. A story about corruption and property deals, a story about fathers and their children, a tentative Romeo and Juliet romance and of course martial arts and guns. The actors acquit themselves well. One hoped for more of Michael Wong and less of Anthony Anderson (his constant 'Dim Sum' refrain being quite irritating) but the actors act, the plot moves and the film is enjoyable enough.

Jet Li is as usual very watchable and apart from his skill at martial arts (quick and effective but always graceful) he acts OK. His cab scene with Aaliyah is charming and funny and one wanted more of that but their relationship is underdeveloped in the script. It is a pity as Aaliyah is luminous and sassy. Her untimely death in real life was a tragedy.

Not as good as 'Kiss of the Dragon' but better than 'The One' and 'Cradle 2 the Grave' but inferior to Jet Li's Hong Kong movies.


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