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Romeo Must Die [DVD] [2000]

Jet Li , Aaliyah , Andrzej Bartkowiak    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Jet Li, Aaliyah, Isaiah Washington, Russell Wong, Delroy Lindo
  • Directors: Andrzej Bartkowiak
  • Writers: Eric Bernt, John Jarrell, Mitchell Kapner
  • Producers: Dan Cracchiolo, Ilyse A. Reutlinger, Jim Van Wyck, Joel Silver
  • Format: PAL, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Arabic, Bulgarian, English, Romanian
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 16 April 2001
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000056WOK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,752 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Cinematographer Andrzej Bartkowiak, the cameraman behind Speed, Lethal Weapon 4, and The Devil's Advocate, makes his directorial debut with a lively but by-the-numbers film that mixes Hong Kong action pyrotechnics with gritty urban gang drama. Jet Li stars as a jailed cop named Han who hightails it to Oakland, California, to seek revenge for the gang-related murder of his brother. What he finds, though, is a fierce war between his father's syndicate and that of Isaak O'Day (Delroy Lindo) for control of the city's precious waterfront land, as both groups are trying to make a deal with a corrupt football-team owner to build a new stadium. The political shenanigans are basically just a backdrop for the kick-ass action, and to give Li a number of enemies to lock limbs with. It also provides him with a love interest, Trish (hip-hop star Aaliyah), who's O'Day's daughter and like Han, the only straight arrow in a family of crooked mobsters. Li and Aaliyah have a teasing, gentle chemistry, and when they're onscreen together, the movie lights up and glides along smoothly. Li even finds a way to work Aaliyah into one of his action set pieces, using her arms and legs to fight a female adversary because "I can't hit a girl!" However, when these two aren't onscreen (and that's a fair amount of the time) the movie plods along, despite a stately turn by Lindo and Isaiah Washington and Russell Wong as two family allies who may not be as loyal as they seem. Li's action, though, is still phenomenal as ever, from his prison breakout (as he takes out a platoon of guards--strung upside down by one leg) to a knockdown-dragout fight with the agile and dangerously sexy Wong. And despite the Romeo and Juliet overtones, this is one mighty chaste romance, albeit one with a happy ending for the star-crossed lovers. --Mark Englehart,

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Jet Li breaks the laws of gravity again! 16 May 2003
Romeo Must Die was Jet Li's 2nd American film as he was previously seen in Lethal Weapon 4, playing a villain. But in RMD he is playing the lead role as 'Han Sing' a former police officer in jail in Hong Kong after helping his Brother & Father escape from the law. While in jail, Han hears his Brother has been murdered in America and decides he must escape to investigate his death....
RMD isn't a bad film, but it didn't live up to my expectations that I have come to expect from a Jet Li movie. The problem is the story is predictable and shallow at times, its does however move along at a nice pace and will interest you until the end. The film's name is kind of misleading as it only shares really one similarity with Shakespeare's play (two people form a relationship that both families oppose)
Directed by former Cinematographer Andrzej Bartkowiak, the film has a hip & stylish feel to it. The fight scenes, choreographed by Hong Kong action master Corey Yeun, are all nicely done quite glossy in some cases with its neat camera angles and visual effects (x-ray sight). While the action is ultimately satisfying, they are somewhat spoiled by the OTT use of wirework. It may be fine for such films like 'Matrix' or 'Once upon a time in China', but for a modern urban setting with no explanation on how Li can do his impossible kicks?
On the acting side, Li plays his character (Han Sing) well enough, but being that RMD was then his first full english speaking film as the lead, he doesn't say much, short sentences and a couple of words at any one time. But he does oozes charm whenever he is on screen. R'n'B star Aaliyah (who sadly die in a plane crash 2 years after RMD was filmed) made her then movie debut in it as Li's love interest and does a decent job playing 'Trish O'Day'.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hip-hop meets kung fu in a wild mix of genres 8 Nov 2003
I’m a big fan of Jet Li, but I held off watching Romeo Must Die for a while in fear that a strong romantic plot a la Shakespeare would take away from the martial arts action I crave. I needn't have worried. This movie is many things, but a love story it is not. The two main characters do come together despite their families' undeclared war on each other, but it is more an act of survival and friendship than romance. This is primarily an action movie sprinkled with both kung fu fights and gunfights; unofficially, Romeo Must Die is a hip-hop kung fu film. Of course, there has to be some comedy thrown in to lighten things up, and a rather nebulous plot that leaves one feeling a step behind the story at all times gives it that classic martial arts flavor.
One thing this movie has is a great cast, including the two new-comers of sorts. For Jet Li, this was his first English-language leading role (although it was his 26th film overall), and for Aaliyah, it was her first of what should have been many more movies were it not for her untimely death a couple of years ago. The supporting players are great, particularly Delroy Lindo as African-American crime boss Isaak O'Day, a man who is trying to go legit only to see a turf war erupt between his posse and that of a neighboring Chinese crime family. Anthony Anderson steals the show, though, as O'Day's hilarious goon Maurice, shucking and jiving his way throughout the entire film, always rising to the comic occasion no matter how many times he loses a fight. Jet Li is Han Sing, a former Hong Kong cop who went to jail to allow his crooked father and brother to flee the island for America; when he learns that his little brother has been rubbed out, he makes a most interesting and enjoyable prison break in order to find his brother's killer.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Asians versus Blacks ..Shakespeare Style 20 April 2007
By Jay
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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Great Film - Awful DVD 2 Nov 2001
By A Customer
Okay so I've rated this 1 star but lets get it straight from the start I am rating the DVD not the film. Jet Li (as always) is awsome and I couldn't wait to buy this movie after I saw it at the cinema but the DVD is let down by one vital aspect - its sound. As the disk opens into the first scene its obvious something is amiss, the music is ten times louder than any nextdoor neighbour can stand but the speech is almost inaudible. Warner do have a track record for doing this in other films but I've never seen it happen so dramatically. Maybe you need a special surround sound package to appreciate this one but if (like me) you have a pretty good stereo with two speakers - forget it!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful martial arts/hip hop extravaganza 21 Dec 2001
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I first took an interest in this film when I knew it had R&B singer Aaliyah in it (which I am a huge fan of and miss dearly - rest in peace 'Babygirl'). The whole movie is exceptional viewing. You know those films where there's just something about them, that draws you in and just captivates you? Well, Romeo Must Die is one of those films. The look, the story, the action, the cast, the music, everything is so well made it's in my top 3 films of all time. A wonderful film, once you've seen it, you'd wonder how you could have got by if you never knew of the film. Simply great stuff. This is THE movie, you haven't seen true style of movie if you haven't seen this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Romeo Must Die [DVD] [2000]
Romeo Must Die [DVD] [2000] this is one of the best films i have seen for ages a must for Jet Li fans
Published 12 months ago by andypuddy
1.0 out of 5 stars Doesnt work in the UK!!
Doesn't work in the UK really gutted about that!! I was really looking forward to watching it at home sometime.
Published 12 months ago by Rachel Norton
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD Review
This is just what I've been looking for full of action and just enough of the right sort of violence
Published 14 months ago by Mr Michael A Edwards
5.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable
This is an enjoyable enough film, I like the martial arts and decent enough story, good addition to any Jet Li collection.
Published 14 months ago by scott
5.0 out of 5 stars awsome movie
A grreat movie at a cut down value for money price who would'nt be tempted fantastic li is one of the greats thank you
Published 16 months ago by derek richard deacon
5.0 out of 5 stars Good buy
Great movie, I love Aaliyah and jet li fantastic combo, delivery was fast and DVD was sealed. Would recommend anyone to buy this movie you won't be disappointed.
Published 18 months ago by Ayten
5.0 out of 5 stars Stylish martial art film
Love this movie romeo must die with stylish martial art action movie with rap tune great starting of the film jet li great movie but i notice end fight scene is half of cut in the... Read more
Published 19 months ago by shabz
5.0 out of 5 stars Romeo Must Die
Romeo Must Die [DVD] [2000]A very strong film with two cultures fighting each other to rule the area, with two people from both sides falling in love it was beautful to watch.
Published on 6 May 2011 by Beverley Mason
5.0 out of 5 stars My brother loved it
I bought this as a birthday present for my brother. It arrived in mint condition (as advertised) and on time. He loved it.
Published on 21 Nov 2010 by S. Brill
5.0 out of 5 stars Hip-Hop/Kung Fu meets Romeo & Juliet! Or Should i say Han & Trish!
I absolutely LOVE this movie! Jet as always is GREAT in this movie and Aaliyah's acting is outstanding. This is defiantly a movie to watch! Read more
Published on 23 Feb 2008 by P.R
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