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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.

Director:

Andrzej Bartkowiak

Writers:

Mitchell Kapner (story), Eric Bernt (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
2 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jet Li ... Han Sing
Aaliyah ... Trish O'Day
Isaiah Washington ... Mac
Russell Wong ... Kai
Delroy Lindo ... Isaak O'Day
D.B. Woodside ... Colin (as DB Woodside)
Henry O Henry O ... Ch'u Sing
Jon Kit Lee ... Po Sing
Edoardo Ballerini ... Vincent Roth
Anthony Anderson ... Maurice
DMX ... Silk
Matthew Harrison ... Dave
Terry Chen ... Kung
Derek Lowe ... Chinese Messenger
Ronin Wong ... New Prisoner
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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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Action | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Warner Bros.

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Chinese

Release Date:

22 March 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Romeo debe morir See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,014,503, 26 March 2000, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$55,973,336

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$91,036,760
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Jet Li, DMX, and Anthony Anderson also star together in the action flick "Cradle to the Grave". Aaliyah was also set to star alongside them until her untimely death. Her role was later given to Gabrielle Union. See more »

Goofs

The film is supposedly set in Oakland, California. There are a number of indications that this isn't Oakland, including the high-rise apartment buildings typical of Vancouver, BC, but the most obvious are scenes in "Oakland's" waterfront that feature spectacular mountains in the near background. Also pointed out are BC Transit buses and Canadian flags. See more »

Quotes

Kai: I guess I could use a little exercise.
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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 »

Alternate Versions

The UK version was cut by Warner Bros. to get a "15" rating. 30 seconds of violence were removed including blood spurts from gunshots, a throat punch, shots of a scorching bowl being pressed onto Jet Li's hands and Li's burned hands being scraped whilst Li is dragged around, heavy punches, a head-butt and a throat chop. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Boyhood (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

It Really Don't Matter
Written by Jeffrey Walker, Robert Scalere Jr., Edward Ruiz, Louis M. Vizzo II, Frank Ferraro (as Franchesco Ferraro) and Juan Enrique Figueroa
Produced by J-Dub
Performed by Confidential
Courtesy of Blackground Records
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Action with Depth.
11 July 2005 | by Translucid2k4See all my reviews

Not usually a fan of this type of all-out Action movie, "Romeo Must Die" knocked me off balance when I found it to be one of the best films I have ever enjoyed. Producer Joel Silver (Who also produced "The Matrix") describes the film as an "Urban rendition of Romeo and Juliet" and although this is a very simple way of looking at the film, it's not far off the mark. Like the great Shakespeare work, there are two opposing families in this film, each looking to make big commercial gains in the world of real estate development. Caught up in their lies, greed and violence are Trish O'Day (Played by Aaliyah) and Han Sing (Played by Jet Li). The story revolves around their quickly blooming relationship and the opposing families around them.

The film boasts some serious eye candy with some of the best special effects you'll see. Luckily, this is not the only good thing going for the movie as the eye candy is wonderfully supported by some fantastic performances from the cast. In her first feature movie, Aaliyah is absolutely breath taking as Trish O'Day. Showing the kind of charm and 'x' factor that few will ever have, she alone makes this film a must see. Jet Li's performance is, as always, about his skills as a martial artist but his scripted acting continues to improve. Another stand out performance for me was that of D.B. Woodside who plays Trish O'Days brother - Colin. Although not such a major role, D.B. excels in this role. High end production values mean the film has a real style and "gloss" to it and everything fits in place and the story moves along at just the right pace. In fact, "Romeo Must Die" is a shining example of how good story telling does not need to be lost in a sea of special effects and glossy American values. Jonathon Ross describes the film as "Fast, Furious, Fun", which is definitely true, but there is more to this film that the audience can take away with them. The reason the film works is that it works on two levels - storyline and action. You can enjoy both aspects and take from them what you like. This is a brilliant film and I highly recommend it.


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