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Romeo Must Die

Jet Li , Aaliyah , Andrzej Bartkowiak    R (Restricted)   VHS Tape
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (186 customer reviews)

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1.0 out of 5 stars The L.I.Y.A.H. & Jet Li? April 17 2004
By A Customer
Just one question that remained on my mind throughout this horrid film. Who decided that Aaliyah should be put with someone as old as Jet Li? And if he isn't that old he looked way older than Aaliyah. He looked as old as Delroy Lindo. But back to the issue at hand...rating this movie.
This film was pathetic. Delroy Lindo, Isiah Washington and of course ( Miss Aaliyah ) were pretty good. They moved the story along. The African-American parts of the story were very interesting. The problem I had with Jet Li's part and the scenes with the Chinese actors bored me because it relied on subtitles. I tolerate subtitles in foreign films but I didn't expect so many in this film. Just because people are Asian, Hollywood acts like they can't speak English? Anyway, the film was supposed to be a modern-day Romeo and Juliet. Well it failed miserably. Aaliyah and Jet Li had no chemistry. It was easy to see what he saw in her but I didn't buy Aaliyah falling for Jet Li. I just didn't feel that at all. Like Dangerous Minds, Romeo Must Die is another case of the movie's soundtrack being ten times better than the film. My advice? Don't watch this and don't dare spend money on this. Aaliyah maybe your thing but even her impressive film debut doesn't push any sparks with this one. This film had a lot of potential IF they had a stronger male lead. I'm sorry Jet Li wasn't cutting it at all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Perfect Mix Jan. 24 2004
This movie is perfect for what it tried and succeeded to achieve: Kung Fu Hip Hop. It doens't pretend to be more than what it is. It's loaded with well cheograped fight scenes curtesy of Cory Yuen, that's both inventive and unique. Imagine, kung fu touch football, a flying firehose, Jet Li puppeteering Aliyah to kick Francois Yip's rear end, and a whole lot of stuff thrown in. Although the plot can be virtually ignored like background music for the martial arts, it is essential in keeping the movie flowing. And the supporting cast is very A list, like Delroy Lindo, Russell Wong and Anthony Anderson who provides the comic relief. Ofcourse everyone will agree that the pairing of Li and Aliyah is impecable. They share such a sweet and innocent chemistry that it shows thru each time they are on screen together. The DVD extras does show evidence that they got along very well off screen and shared mutual admiration. Li even did a cameo on Aliyah music video. The DVD is really worth owning because it is the kind of movie that you can watch again and again when you are in the mood for it. All along you can't help but feel terrible about Aliyah's sudden death. How sad! Buy the DVD and consider it an homage to a pretty girl who could have had a really great acting career.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The worst Jet Li movie, yet it's still good Dec 27 2003
By bart
Most of you are wondering why I give this 4 stars, yet I stated that it is Jet Li's worst movie. B/c Jet Li has never starred in a bad movie, But if I had to rate his American flicks from best to worst, this one would be the worst. However, it is still a very enjoyable kung-fu flick to watch. This movie has some of the best martial arts fighting scenes I had ever scene. Jet Li is way better then Jackie Chan, but I still like Chan too. Its combines high flyin fighting with hip hop music. It delivers a great lesson about who you should trust and who you shouldn't because betrayal is one of the themes in this movie. Anyway here is the plot.
Han Sing is a former hong kong cop who is now a prisoner. Then one day he learns that his little brother Po, who lives in America, has been killed. Han escapes from jail and travels to America in search of his brothers killer. He comes to America at the same time his Father Chu'ing, and his buisness partner Isaac O'day (Delroy Lindo) who are also both rivals(inclding their families and friends), are fighting to own some piece of land. Upon his coming to merica, Han meets Isaac O'day's daughter, Trish (Aaliyah) whom he falls inlove with but also contributes problems betwwen the families. Then we also learn Han's backround about why he was an ex-cop who became a prisoner. It turns out that years before, his father, Ch'u Sing was a gangster in China and was gonna be put for trial. Chu knew he would recieve the death penalty, so Han managed to let him escape so his father would be able to get away and provide a better life for him and his little brother Po. His father fled to america w/ his brother, and Han was stripped from his badge and thrown in Jail for doing what he did. And back to what's going on right now, Later Trish's own Brother, Colin is later killed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hip-hop meets kung fu in a wild mix of genres Nov. 7 2003
By Daniel Jolley TOP 50 REVIEWER
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Jet Li action packed movie.
This is a must see movie for anyone who likes Jet Li films! Glad to know that it was still available through Amazon!
Published 15 months ago by Rachelle Doucet
4.0 out of 5 stars Jet's best American film
Since coming to the US, Jet has been given a variety of akward roles. Romeo Must Die was probably his best film outside of China. Read more
Published on June 5 2004 by Taddese Zicke
3.0 out of 5 stars Bad Story, but Jet Li
Why is it that movies with Kung Fu elements never really satisfy, except of course for the Matrix and Crouching Tiger. Read more
Published on June 4 2004 by M. Buisman
5.0 out of 5 stars cool movie
I rented this movie at blockbuster and i liked it. Jet Li's martial arts was fantastic and i like the part at the store where Maurice calls Han dimsan. Read more
Published on May 23 2004 by Clarke
1.0 out of 5 stars They faked it.
I like Jet Li but this movie is so faked it was impossible to get into the story. We are suppose to beleive this is the Bay Area of California but we see the Vancouver B.C. Read more
Published on April 23 2004 by Richard V. Utt
1.0 out of 5 stars Romeo must... i repeat, must... die
I have never really been a Jet Li fan. I think he's to one dimensional and he's always the though guy. Not only that, he uses wires in virtually all of his action sequences. Read more
Published on March 24 2004 by Anthony Fielding
3.0 out of 5 stars Romeo & Juliet
Don't be fooled by this title I mean its is nothing what it seems.It's about Han(Jet Li) escaping from prison to search for his brother Death. Read more
Published on March 21 2004 by thatboyK
2.0 out of 5 stars The type of movie u don't remember much about (2.5/5 stars)
This movie is nothing special, a week after u seen it u don't remember anything about the movie except for a lot of Kung-Fu kicks and that DMX was hardly in the movie... Read more
Published on Jan. 18 2004 by D3strukchun
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty fun
Jet Li Rocks. This movie is awesome. filled with lots of great fighting scenes. Better then Kiss of the dragon
Published on Dec 27 2003
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