- Format: NTSC, Import
- Number of tapes: 1
- MPAA Rating:
- Studio: Warner
- VHS Release Date: May 6 2003
- Average Customer Review: 163 customer reviews
- ASIN: 0790749998
Romeo Must Die [Import]
Per IMDB - An avenging cop seeks out his brother's killer and falls for the daughter of a businessman who is involved in a money-deal with his father. Starring: Jet Li, Aaliyah, Isaiah Washington, Russell Wong, Delroy Lindo, DMX and many more. Classic VHS viewing bliss!
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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. Who is killing all these people. Why are so many loved being killed. Soon Han learns he is in a place where he may not be able to trust anybody.
That is them plot. Thee isn't much more to say about this movie. All actors and actreeses do tremendous jobs. The chemestry between Li and Aaliyah is very convincing. It is a must see movie for all Martial arts fans.
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. Aaliyah plays Trish O'Day, an independent woman who is ashamed of her family's illicit business dealings. Han ends up seeking her out as the best lead for finding his brother's killer, and they eventually form a certain bond and work together as the killings not only continue, they hit ever closer to home.
The story as it plays out is a little bit confusing and hard to predict, with an ending that turns out to be quite good indeed, but there's a good bit of entertainment to be had alongside all the senseless killing. Jet Li on the dance floor is a perfect example of what I'm talking about here. Han can pretend to know hip-hop, but his moves on the dance floor are significantly less impressive than his moves in a fight. Another great scene involves Han being attacked by a female martial artist; while he refuses to hit a woman, he comes up with a pretty handy dandy way of kicking her to the curb like she deserves. Then there is Jet Li's football scene, wherein his character takes the thoroughly American game to a whole new level. This leads me into one problem I have with the film, though. Romeo Must Die, from the producer of The Matrix, suffers from The Matrix Syndrome, using wires to orchestrate acrobatic stunts for no reason whatsoever. Things go so far here as to introduce "ultra pain mode" shots where we suddenly zoom inside a person's body to see the reaction to a punch. There's just no need for Jet Li to fly through the air; the fact that he can take out every man in a large room without ever setting foot on the ground might sound cool, but it really takes something away from the otherwise gritty feel of the film.
Romeo Must Die is really an odd mix of martial arts, hip-hop flavor, comedy, action, you name it. The soundtrack gives it a driving pulse you won't find in many films of this type, making this a movie that fans of several genres can enjoy. There is plenty of action, although Jet Li's martial arts skills aren't put to good use nearly as much as I would have preferred. The DVD is absolutely loaded with extra features: theatrical trailers, 3 music videos, 13 behind-the-scenes featurettes and interviews, and even more goodies for DVD-ROM owners. It's a very enjoyable film, but its mix-and-match genre outfit leaves it unable to wholly satisfy fans of any one genre.
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