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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

During the scene where Trish cries, her tears are genuine and not faked. Aaliyah reflected on her grandmother's death to get into role. See more »

Goofs

The Harbour Centre, one of the most well known skyscrapers in Vancouver can briefly be seen when Roth's private helicopter flies away after after he was chased off by Mac on the rooftop. See more »

Quotes

Han Sing: Sorry Moron.
Maurice: Name's Maurice, bitch.
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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

Featured in 2001 MTV Movie Awards (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Are You Feelin' Me?
Written by Missy Elliott (as Missy Elliott) and Timbaland
Produced by Timbaland (as Timbaland)
Performed by Aaliyah
Courtesy of Blackground Records
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OK movie, OK plot, OK acting...just OK.
1 March 2016 | by Dangb81See all my reviews

Let me start by saying I adore the late Aaliyah. For her first role, she did a pretty good job. She played the part well and this part was made for her. However, I enjoyed the soundtrack more than the movie itself. Not saying it was a horrible movie, it was just OK. I wish the fight scenes were more authentic. You could tell they were choreographed. When I watch a movie like this, I want it to look like people are really fighting each other. I also felt that Jet Li and Aaliyah lacked in the chemistry department. Sure, they look good together as friends and/or partners in crime, but nothing more and I mean nothing. Anything beyond that seemed forced. I actually felt the entire cast lacked in chemistry. There were a couple of twists that were unexpected and the plot was OK, but nothing to really knock your socks off. It is entertaining if nothing else is on TV, or if you just want to watch the beautiful Aaliyah in action. For me, it is a bit nostalgic for that reason. Also, I was still a teenager when this came out and this was the movie to watch at that time. Again, not the worst movie, but not the best. I will admit that I have probably watched this at least 5 times. Sometimes, I just can't say no because although it is not perfect, it is still entertaining.


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