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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 (47 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 (47 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000056WOK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,695 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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Jet Li Romeo Must Die

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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
2.0 out of 5 stars People kill people.... 29 Aug 2014
The death of Han Sing's brother catapults him out of a Hong Kong jail to the San Francisco waterfront, where he vows to find his brother's killers.

It lands him in the middle of a three way deal between "businessmen" who will stop at nothing to create a new money making stadium.

Han finds help from Trish, a woman with close connections to the mob, and together they work to find their brothers' killers.....

One thing that I really can't understand is that this movie was Li's big Hollywood breakout movie, and whilst it's not the worst action movie out there, the Director and star have made some astonishingly good movies since (and in Li's case, before) you really cannot believe that Hollywood gave them this vehicle, its a little disrespectful.

And it's down purely to Joel Silver. Now this chap has produced some brilliant movies, he produced my favourite movie of all time, Die Hard. But after the phenomenal success of The Matrix, he became a sell out, and thought that this was what the people wanted.

For an athlete like Li, its cringe inducing to see the wire work, it's really bad, and wreaks of Matrix cash in, and the inclusion of the Hip Hop soundtrack disrupts the flow of the narrative.

But, it's not a bad film. Li is a brilliant screen presence, and Aaliyah shows that she could have been a huge star. The rest of the cast are good, but you just can't get that after taste of making a quick buck from The Matrix out of your head when watching this.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Huge amounts of fun, just remove brain first.
I'm not sure why I bought this film but here goes with my review. Jet Li is kinda hot and I have bought his films before in the past (Kiss of the Dragon was particularly good). Read more
Published 1 month ago by BigAl82
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great item, great delivery, item as described, great price, happy all round.
Published 2 months ago by gt
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Another Jet Li classic
Published 6 months ago by gooner62
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 14 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 15 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 16 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 17 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 18 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 21 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 21 months ago by shabz
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