Romeo Must Die

Theatrical Release: March 22, 2000
Romeo Must Die


While Han, the son of a Chinese mobster languishes in prison for deeds committed by the father, his brother is being murdered in California. Han escapes, comes to America and seeks out the villain who killed his brother.
Simultaneously, the father seeks revenge upon the opposing “don,” an African American named O’Day who wants a legitimate life for his two children. When his son is killed, it begins an all-out gang war, with Han and O’Day’s daughter, Trish, caught in the middle.

Dove Review

A cross between the amusing Jackie Chan and the more serious Bruce Lee, Jet Li speaks more softly than Mike Tyson, but carries a big kick. With the aid of special effects, daredevil stunts, piercing sound effects, and a pulsating rap score, the film and its star are highly energized. Unfortunately, it contains a very predictable storyline. You just know the gangster’s boy is going to get killed and the daughter kidnapped. They’re very common ploys used in martial arts action flicks. It’s Hong Kong’s version of, “We’ll head ‘em off at the pass.” This R-rated movie is salted throughout with obscenity, profanites and nudity and sexual immorality.

Content Description

Language: GD 1, Jesus 3, F-word 8, S-word 16, SOB 2, Ass 3, expletives 14 – Sex: Female topless 2, some sexuality, including a female couple dancing in a club and kissing – Smoking by the lead once, adult use of pot in one scene, cocaine found in a walking stick, some drinking – Violence: lots and lots of Jackie Chan-styled Kung Fu action, 3 explosions that kill people, one man is hung, a prison beating, torture implied in one scene, many gun battles, 2 people are thrown to their deaths out a high-rise apartment, the body count 25.


Company: Warner Brothers
Writer: Eric Bernt and John Jarrell
Producer: Joel Silver and Jim Van Wyck
Genre: Action
Runtime: 98 min.
Industry Rating: R
Starring: Jet Li, Aaliyah Isaiah, Washington Russell Wong, DMX, Delroy Lindo.
Reviewer: Phil Boatwright