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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 »
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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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Trivia

Though the football stadium is supposed to be coming to Oakland, CA, the waterfront model in Mr. Roth's office includes the Vancouver landmark Canada Place (the large, white sails which jut out into the harbor), presumably to accord with other clear shots of Vancouver in the movie. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Mac: [to Trish, who has just shot him] Damn, that some cold shit.
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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

References The Street Fighter (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

This Is a Test
Written by Rapture Stewart, Eric Seats, Chanté Moore and Stephen Garrett
Produced by Rapture Stewart and Eric Seats (as E. Seats)
Performed by Chanté Moore
Courtesy of MCA Records
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One Of The Better Martial-Arts Movies
13 November 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

I was surprised I enjoyed much of this since martial arts movies are okay but nothing I really get into often. Jet Li plays the only likable character in this Asians vs. Blacks gang story.

Some of the stunts were tremendous. Some were so over-the-top, so unbelievable that they were funny. The movie certainly isn't one to be taken seriously.

The wild action scenes, fairly involving story and nice colors and interesting sound track all make this movie a cut above the normal martial arts fare. The excellent surround sound and sharp picture make it a good one for DVD.


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