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Romeo Must Die 2000

4.3 out of 5 stars (75) IMDb 6.1/10

High octane thriller featuring the new star of the Hong Kong action films, Jet Li. Two rival families, one Asian the other Afro-American, are locked in a turf war over Oakland's waterfront. When Po, the son of the Asian warlord, is found dead, the fighting intensifies. Po's brother Han (Jet Li) hears of his death back in a Hong Kong jail where he is imprisoned and the news causes Han to break o...

Starring:
Jet Li, Aaliyah
Runtime:
1 hour, 50 minutes

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Genres Drama, Action & Adventure, Crime
Director Andrzej Bartkowiak
Starring Jet Li, Aaliyah
Supporting actors Isaiah Washington, Russell Wong, Delroy Lindo, D.B. Woodside, Henry O, Jon Kit Lee, Edoardo Ballerini, Anthony Anderson, DMX, Matthew Harrison, Terry Chen, Derek Lowe, Ronin Wong, Byron Lawson, Kendall Saunders, Benz Antoine, Keith Dallas, Taayla Markell
Studio Warner Bros.
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
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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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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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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). As the lead female making her debut here Aaliyah is actually shockingly good. Russell Wong is also extremely easy on the eye. The action is sweet. There's at least one nice explosion here. Anthony Anderson irritates as always but he's not enough to ruin a perfectly adequate actioner. Dependable Delroy Lindo is always fun to watch. And Isaiah Washington is not bad. Even DMX isn't bad. But this film was always gonna live and die on its central couple and in that respect the film does deliver even if the chemistry isn't as hot as it could have been. There's some loud gun play to enjoy here too. I do like the song Try Again which features at the end. However, and it's a small thing, the cover is not the same as advertised. And there's no music videos.
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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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