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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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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 the city ruled by criminals, two families have forgotten their fear. He will make them remember. See more »

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Action | Crime | Thriller

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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  »

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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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Trivia

The x-ray "bone-breaking" sequences in the film are similar to a famous scene in Sonny Chiba's The Street Fighter[Gekitotsu! Satsujin ken (1974)]. However, the ones in Romeo Must Die are far more advanced, presumably through the use of CGI. See more »

Goofs

Po's Aston Martin is facing the driveway when Kai & Co arrive, but faces the wall when Po leaves. See more »

Quotes

Kai: We got a tip this place is going to get hit.
Kung: When?
Kai: Right now.
[Kai shoots Kung]
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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

References Purple Rain (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

Somebody's Gonna Die
Written by Robert Mays, Irv Gotti, Dave Bing and Lil' Mo (as Cynthia Loving)
Produced by Little Rob and Irv Gotti
Performed by Dave Bing featuring Lil' Mo
Lil' Mo appears courtesy of Elektra Entertainment Group Inc.
Dave Bing appears 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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