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In his second Hollywood movie, Jet Li impresses. Unfortunately, when he's not on screen, the movie slows to a crawl. Though there's some spark between Jet and Aaliyah, there isn't any threat of a fire. And as impressive as the action sequences are, some critics feel they are over-edited. Read critic reviews

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Two families, bound by tradition, are locked in a brutal war. Asian and African American gangs are vying for control of Oakland's waterfront. But when the first casualty is the Asian warlord's son, the gang war becomes more dangerous than either side ever imagined.

Cast & Crew

Jet Li
Han Sing
Aaliyah
Trish O'Day
DMX
Silk
Delroy Lindo
Isaak O'Day
Henry O
Ch'u Sing
DB Woodside
Colin O'Day
John Kit Lee
Po Sing
Tong Lung
Overlord
Françoise Yip
Motorcycle Fighter
Byron Lawson
Head Guard, Hsing Kang Prison
Eric Bernt
Screenwriter
John Jarrell
Screenwriter
Warren Carr
Co-Producer
Dan Cracchiolo
Executive Producer
Mitchell Kapner
Associate Producer
Ilyse A. Reutlinger
Associate Producer
Stanley Clarke
Original Music
Glen MacPherson
Cinematographer
Derek Brechin
Film Editor
Sandra J. Blackie
Costume Designer
Darren Brisker
Sound Mixer
Dane A. Davis
Sound Designer
Dane A. Davis
Supervising Sound Editor
Joe Milner
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  • May 18, 2020
    For novice Hollywood-actors such as Jet Li & Aaliyah it's rather impressive seeing their chemistry play out on-screen & the action that follows. However, for Romeo Must Die, its the only salvation as the film wallows in its muddling plot; still good mostly. 3/5
    Eugene B Super Reviewer
  • Sep 28, 2011
    Romeo Must Die is a mess of a martial arts film. This is not a film that will appeal to fans of the genre. The story didn't appeal to me whatsoever, and I felt it was boring, uninspired and not interesting. The cast here are terrible, I've never been a fan of Jet Li, and this film just makes me hate him more. Starring alongside him are other "actors" who can't actually act, but try to any way. This is a terrible cast for a terrible film, and it fits perfectly. Unlike the old school Bruce Lee which had elaborate plots and great acting, and kick ass martial arts; Romeo Must Die fails at everything except delivering "ass kicking" martial arts. Jet Li sucks, and he's no Bruce Lee. Romeo Must Die lacks any real drama, conflict or effective action to keep this film afloat. Despite the fact that this is an action film, I was pretty bored with it because the film was poorly done. I despised the cast, and I felt that they all destroyed the film. Romeo Must Die is a sloppy film that has poorly executed action scenes. Romeo Must Die is not a good Martial Arts film. I'm going to stick with Bruce Lee as the undisputed master of martial arts and of the genre itself. At least his films involved elaborate, well developed plots and had awesome action. But this, this has some action, but marred with poor acting, and poor plot, which in the end, makes this film fail disastrously. I don't like Jet Li, I find him irritating and a bad actor, but at times he does cool stuff on-screen. However, I feel his martial arts aren't up to par with Bruce Lee, and no that is not why this film sucks. The film because the acting is awful, the plot is bad and the direction of the overall film is terrible. It's no wonder that this film has made it into the Bargain bin for 5$.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Sep 18, 2011
    Definitely one of Jet Li's better films, especially in terms of storyline. The possible comparisons to Romeo and Juliet are minimal here, but it allows for a pretty cool title. Aaliyah was a surprisingly good actress in this film...I was too young to remember when she died in that plane crash, but it's a real shame that it happened; she had a lot of promise, both as a singer and as an actress. As a side note, Anthony Anderson is absolutely obnoxious in this film...be prepared to hope he gets killed off (unfortunately, he doesn't).
    Stephen S Super Reviewer
  • Jun 24, 2011
    An ultra-cool and stylish action-thriller with great visuals and stunning fight sequences. Jet Li packs plenty of punch and Aaliyah packs plenty of heart.
    Al S Super Reviewer

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