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Romeo Must Die (2000)

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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The story is set in both Hong Kong and the U.S. So goes to the U.S. to open a martial arts school. Around this time, many Chinese people were sold off to U.S. railroad companies, and were ... See full summary »

Director: Sammo Kam-Bo Hung
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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>

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

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Action | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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22 March 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Romeo debe morir  »

Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$55,973,336 (USA) (16 June 2000)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

While in the record store we see many posters of different artist (such as R. Kelly) after Trish leaves the store Maurice stays and when he realizes that Trish has left, it shows him running towards the door and there is a poster of Aaliyah (the actress/singer that plays the character Trish) by the window. See more »

Goofs

In the motorcycle/car chase scene, the right side of the Mercedes (the passenger side where Trish is sitting) crashes into a parked car and the indicator is broken. In the next shot it has repaired itself. See more »

Quotes

[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 »

Connections

Featured in The 74th Annual Academy Awards (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

We At It Again
Written by Tim Mosley, Stephen Garrett, Melvin Barcliff and Garland Mosley
Produced by Tim Mosley (as Timbaland)
Performed by Timbaland & Magoo
Courtesy of Blackground Records
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User Reviews

 
Intrigue, suspense, action - WOW!
9 January 2001 | by See all my reviews

What a movie!

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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