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


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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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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Directorial debut of former veteran cinematographer Andrzej Bartkowiak. See more »


When Han first finds the note of the addresses of the waterfront properties, he promptly scrunches the paper. Later, when Trish looks at it, it is once again in perfect condition. See more »


Han Sing: For you, killing your son was like running a over a dog in the street. Just something in your way.
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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 Cradle 2 the Grave (2003) See more »


Written by Ant Banks, 'Kmac' Kelly Garmon (as Kelly Garmon), 'Gangsta' Terrell Anderson (as Terrell Anderson) and Mack 10
Produced by Ant Banks
Performed by Mack 10 featuring The Comrades
Courtesy of Hoo Bangin' / Priority 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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