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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.



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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 <>

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In the city ruled by criminals, two families have forgotten their fear. He will make them remember. See more »


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

22 March 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Romeo debe morir  »

Box Office


$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$18,014,503 (USA) (24 March 2000)


£1,379,488 (UK) (27 October 2000)

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2.35 : 1
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Despite the fact that the movie claims to take place in California, most of it was filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia. Only a few shots were filmed in California. See more »


When Han Sing finds a piece of paper that belonged to his brother with addresses on it, it is all folded and crumpled up, but when he shows the paper to Trish it is flat. See more »


[Pointing a gun at Han]
Mac: Sorry Romeo, but you gotta die.
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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 »


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Lethal Weapon 4 was just a starter, this movie delivers!
27 January 2005 | by (WILMINGTON, NC) – See all my reviews

For those who like cross-culture, "Romeo Must Die", show be the one for you! Jet Li who was fresh from "Leathal Weapon 4" really delivers in this action-packed movie. Playing Han was a big one for him. Aaliyah(1979-2001), the R&B sensation really got her acting chops in gear playing the alluring Trish O'Day, who is being shadowed by the bumbling Maurice, played by the hilarious, Anthony Anderson. Everybody would call him MORON! Which I think is funny.

I liked the X-ray effects of the movie whenever a fight was going to happen. I liked the part when Han refused to a fight a woman, he used Trish to fight her with. It looked more of a swing dance to me. Since Trish's words backed him up, the enemy was impaled through the heart. And after the final fight, Trish's father (Delroy Lindo), wanted to meet Han for himself, and I 'm glad he got that chance, I think it was silly for him to demand a handshake from him, but hey, he wanted to who the "cat" was, and make sure he did. Han never declined any offer only to know who was the troublemaker behind the "war". Before anyone remember seeing Aaliyah in "Queen of the Damned", check out this movie first. Rating 4 out of 5.

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