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
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While in the record store we see many posters of different artist (such as R. Kelly) after Trish leaves the store Maurice stays and when he realizes that Trish has left, it shows him running towards the door and there is a poster of Aaliyah (the actress/singer that plays the character Trish) by the window. See more »
The film is supposedly set in Oakland, California. There are a number of indications that this isn't Oakland, including the high-rise apartment buildings typical of Vancouver, BC, but the most obvious are scenes in "Oakland's" waterfront that feature spectacular mountains in the near background. Also pointed out are BC Transit buses and Canadian flags. See more »
Your brother wasn't suited to lead. He didn't have the discipline.
That's why you killed him.
That's why I had to.
Had to? My brother?
That... was a mistake!
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The credits during the opening of the movie are first given in Chinese characters and then are translated into English. See more »
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 »
The most violent "interpretation" of Shakespeare I`ve ever seen
"Romeo Must Die" is definetely the most violent "interpretation" of Shakespeare I`ve ever seen. Okay, interpretation is not the right word to use, but that is nevertheless what this movie at some point wants to be. I really liked Jet Li in this movie, and I`ve liked him since I first saw him in "Lethal Weapon 4" a couple of years ago. Fighting and betrayal is what "Romeo Must Die" is all about, and the fighting is very entertaining, although sometimes a bit cheesy, because some of the "Matrix-scenes", which is out of place outside the world of science-fiction. Still, "Romeo Must Die" is an actionflick you wouldn`t want to miss. It manages to be interesting enough, but the fighting is what makes it really good. 8/10
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