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Product Title: Romeo Must Die (DVD) (US Version) 致命英雄 (DVD) (美國版) 致命英雄 (DVD) (美国版) Romeo Must Die (US Version) Romeo Must Die (US Version)
Artist Name(s): Jet Li | Delroy Lindo | Russell Wong | Aaliyah 李 連杰 | 狄萊蓮度 | 王盛德 | 艾莉雅 李 连杰 | 狄莱莲度 | 王盛德 | 艾莉雅 李連杰(ジェット・リー) | Delroy Lindo | ラッセル・ウォン | Aaliyah 이연걸 | Delroy Lindo | Russell Wong | Aaliyah
Release Date: 2000-08-01
UPC Code: 085391812821
Language: English, French
Subtitles: English, French
Country of Origin: United States
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1, Widescreen
Widescreen Anamorphic: Yes
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 5.1
Disc Format(s): DVD, DVD-9
Region Code: 1 - USA, Canada, U.S. Territories What is it?
Duration: 115 (mins)
Publisher: Warner Entertainment Japan
Package Weight: 86 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1023198891

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* Features:
- 13 Behind-the-Scenes Documentaries
- 3 Music Videos
- Interactive Menus
- Filmographies
- 2 Theatrical Trailers
- Scene Access

Directors: Andrzej Bartkowiak

They've got the weapons. They've got the posses. And they've got no chance against former Hong Kong cop Han Sing. Gravity-warping martial arts, cool visual effects and an all-star music track combine in this revved-up action movie from producer Joel Silver (The Matrix) and starring Jet Li (Lethal Weapon 4) in his first English-language lead role. Li plays rough-and-ready Han, who shares an attraction with Trish O'Day (screen-debuting songstress Aaliyah) even though their families are rivals in a fierce Oakland turf battle. The two also share plenty of danger as they try to find the real cause of the blood feud. No gun, no posse? No problem. With Jet Li going to war as only he can, Romeo Must Die is alive and kicking.
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October 6, 2010

The genetic link between kung fu and blaxploitation is an eternal mystery. Why did African-American audiences like to see small Chinese men in silk pajamas whup up on hordes of no-goodniks? There have been attempts to fuse the two trends into one unstoppable movie (Enter the Dragon with Jim Kelly and Bruce Lee) but when blaxploitation proper died, so did the dream. Shabam! Cut to 1999 and witness the ultimate blaxploitation kung fu flick flying in out of nowhere: Romeo Must Die.

Jet Li's trans-pacific leap into Hollywood, both feet flailing, is given a hip hop soundtrack, an R&B co-star (Aaliyah), and set in an Oakland, CA gangsta milieu. African-American/Asian tensions are literalized in a bruising battle to control the Oakland waterfront between the Sings and the O'Days. No "Ebony and Ivory" sentiment here: these guys want to punch each others' tickets. Unite to fight the man? When you've got muscle like Russell Wong, you can fight each other, and the man can wait until you're done.

When Mr. Sing's son is found hanging around a residential neighborhood by his neck, Sing is grief-stricken and Isaak O'Day (Delroy Lindo) turns a whiter shade of pale as he sees his efforts to go straight get washed down the drain by gallons of gang war blood. Hasty negotiations are scheduled but, back in a Hong Kong prison, Han Sing (Jet Li) hears his brother's dead and casually strolls out of jail to go to the funeral, leaving broken riot cops in his wake. In Oakland, he and Aaliyah (playing Trish O'Day) split the Al Pacino role from The Godfather (the good kid who wants no part of the family business) down the middle and fall for one another in a chaste, flirty romance that involves less passionate lip-locks and more coy eye contact.

Most stars knock politely on Hollywood's door, hat in hand, asking for admittance. Jet comes in the window on a devil-may-care martial arts bender. His natural arrogance blazes bright as he demonstrates how little he cares for Hollywood or its conventions, puckishly mocking black and Asian stereotypes and defying gravity. He's radiates charm, and when he goes to hang in DMX's club, mimicking gangbanger manners, you just want to hug him. Don't. He'll shatter your blood. Overchoreographed by Corey Yuen, this movie features a fistful of dustups that show Li off to his cockiest advantage. Set to a hip hop soundtrack with sound effects so thick every blow sounds like a sonic boom, the action bypasses your brain ("Hey! He can't do that!") and rubs your nerve endings up and down ("Ah. That feels good!").

by Grady Hendrix

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