A corrupt businessman commits a murder and the only witness is the girlfriend of another businessman with close connections to the Chinese government, so a bodyguard from Beijing is ... See full summary »
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
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This is one of those films that you simply cannot ever be bored in. At the beginning you are as much in the dark as the hero, Jet Li, and as such your understanding develops as his does. By not explaining the film the director keeps the intrigue up while at the same time thrilling us with the camera.
Jet Li is incredible in his largest role to date. He proves that not only can he kick but has some acting ability in there as well. Aaliyah is not great but fills the role nicely as Li's romantic interest. The other characters are left beautifully in the background until the necessary time when they spring to the limelight to steal the show, however briefly, from Li.
Ok so it isn't his best martial arts movie (that was probably the Legend of Fong Sai-Yuk) but his fighting is coupled with an excellent story, one that is far more elaborate than a simple Romeo and Juliet, with less of the soppy love stuff too.
For any martial arts, mystery, action, thriller, even dare I say sports (a wonderful American Football scene) film fan will love this film.
Definitely one for any video collection!
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