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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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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
Stars: Jet Li, Rosamund Kwan, Xin Xin Xiong


Cast overview, first billed only:
Colin (as DB Woodside)
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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 <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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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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When Trish dumped her bodyguard at the record store and hides in the cab, the bodyguard comes out and yells, "Trish! I'm gonna find your Aaliyah-lookin' ass!" "Trish" was portrayed by late vocalist, Aaliyah. See more »


Visible safety cable attached to Colin as he falls out of the building. See more »


Mac: [Pointing the gun] Don't look at me boy! I'll put your ass on the news tonight!
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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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I Don't Wanna
Written by Johnta Austin, Jazze Pha (as Phalon Alexander), Kevin Hicks and Donnie Scantz
Produced by Donnie Scantz and Kevin Hicks
Performed by Aaliyah
Courtesy of Blackground Records
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Enjoyable enough
20 June 2003 | by (London,England) – See 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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