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Romeo Must Die (2000)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Thriller  |  22 March 2000 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Colin (as DB Woodside)
Henry O ...
Ch'u Sing
Chinese Messenger
Ronin Wong ...
New Prisoner


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>

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In A World Of Vicious Rivalries And Violent Betrayals Only One Thing Is Sure. See more »


Action | Crime | Thriller

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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Did You Know?


The golf scene is filmed on the same golf course where Bob Barker beat up Happy Gilmore in the film Happy Gilmore (1996). See more »


When entering the garage, Han deactivates the car alarm to find the car (light goes on). Immediately after that the main character triggers the alarm again (lights again). In cheap alarms, this might reactivate the alarm, but in other models, this unlocks the passenger door (and a third activation might open the trunk). Since he in fact entered through the passenger door, this is what happened. See more »


Isaak: Mr Sing you have my deepest, deepest condolences.
Ch'u Sing: Thank you.
Isaak: What happened to your son was tragic Mr Sing, very unnecessary. I want you to know i'll be looking into this myself personally.
Ch'u Sing: You will forgive me if I'm not easily moved.
Isaak: Mr Sing... with all due respect, there is no way in the world that anybody in my camp would be foolish enough to touch your family, any more than anybody in your camp would be stupid enough to touch mine. It just wouldn't happen.
Ch'u Sing: Our business venture will continue.
Isaak: [...]
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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 »


Referenced in Be Kind Rewind (2008) See more »


Are You Feelin' Me?
Written by Missy Elliott (as Missy Elliott) and Tim Mosley
Produced by Tim Mosley (as Timbaland)
Performed by Aaliyah
Courtesy of Blackground Records
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User Reviews

Superior Gangster Film; Mediocre Kung Fu Film
21 May 2000 | by (Savannah, GA) – See all my reviews

ROMEO MUST DIE is one of those rare films which, while not particularly good for its genre, is surprisingly good for other reasons. Most of the black characters, even the villians, are sympathetically portrayed, even though the hero is Asian. Aaliyah is wholesomely sexy and quite beautiful. Russell Wong is phenomenal is a very short role. This guy has the looks, style, and presence of Russell Crowe. Jet Li, however, is very humane and appealing, though his character is underwritten. Most of the asian characters are shortchanged dramatically. However the white (primarily Jewish) characters are shortchanged the most. They receive the brunt of the ugly stereotyping. The kung-fu sequences are nothing special. They are too fast and too confusing to be completely effective. Though neat, the Xray effect detracted from the "realism," sort of like the old split screen and slo-mo effects of the 1960s films. Bone-crunching is far more effective; and, would someone please dispense with this "flying" nonsense? I don't want to see anything up there or the screen that is not physically possible. Special note must be made of Francoise Yip, the Female bike / fighter. If Ms. Yip did all her own stunts, she's not only stunningly beautiful, she is also awesome. One quibble, which I feel follows a disturbing pattern in motion pictures. Though Jet Li and Aaliyah are quite obviously in love at the close of the film, they never kiss. In a film which shows two beautiful asian dances french kiss, and one bares the other's breast and kisses her erect nipple,would it have been too much to ask to have to people of different races who are obviously in love share a romantic kiss?

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