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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Colin (as DB Woodside)
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Ch'u Sing
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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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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)


$55,973,336 (USA) (16 June 2000)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Jet Li, DMX, and Anthony Anderson also star together in the action flick "Cradle to the Grave". See more »


When Han leaves Trish's place and beats up Maurice and his gang, we see Maurice with a cut that is bleeding on the right side of his lip. Later, when Han is persuaded to play football with Mac and the rest, we see Maurice with a scar on the left side of his lip. See more »


Kai: Let it go Po. This is a hassle we don't need.
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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 »


References Purple Rain (1984) See more »


First I'm Gonna Crawl
Written by DMX (as Earl Simmons) and Anthony Fields
Performed by DMX
Courtesy of Ruff Ryders Entertainment / Def Jam Records
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User Reviews

The most violent "interpretation" of Shakespeare I`ve ever seen
1 December 2000 | by (Froland, Norway) – See all my reviews

"Romeo Must Die" is definetely the most violent "interpretation" of Shakespeare I`ve ever seen. Okay, interpretation is not the right word to use, but that is nevertheless what this movie at some point wants to be. I really liked Jet Li in this movie, and I`ve liked him since I first saw him in "Lethal Weapon 4" a couple of years ago. Fighting and betrayal is what "Romeo Must Die" is all about, and the fighting is very entertaining, although sometimes a bit cheesy, because some of the "Matrix-scenes", which is out of place outside the world of science-fiction. Still, "Romeo Must Die" is an actionflick you wouldn`t want to miss. It manages to be interesting enough, but the fighting is what makes it really good. 8/10

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