Despite Ch'u's assurances that the deal is still in place, Isaak fears retribution and has his chief lieutenant Mac place security details on both of his children. The legacy of the late Bruce Lee has been waiting an heir for many years. Many people fall from great heights. I will admit that I have probably watched this at least 5 times. I don't mind that if it creates good films. Isaak explains that the deal with Roth will get their family out of the crime business for good, but warns Colin to be cautious. The film's plot is loosely related to William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, but the feuding families are respectively black and Chinese.
Some were so over-the-top, so unbelievable that they were funny. The reliable Motorcycle Opaque Helmet Rule is observed when you can't see the face of a character because the visor is down, chances are--gasp! Romeo Must Die's mix of pop and rap actors, kung fu fighting, family ties and East meets West has ended up as a confused jumble. The Chinese roles are never developed and only remain bad guys till the end. I don't like computer effects. Sure, Jet Li takes a bit of stick from the gangstas, but mostly they're just good-natured guys up for a laugh who don't take it too personally when he beats the crap out of them.
I don't go too much for the violence, but the movie was entertaining and original. However, there are two roads this premise could have taken. You might have seen him in that techno-redubbed version of Black Mask or as the evil Chinese bad guy in Lethal Weapon 4 that had be shot and stabbed before Mel Gibson could save face and not get his ass kicked again. Demeaning racial stereotypes have never been so seriously presented in recent film that is: not as satire or camp, nor as necessary part of a true story. One of my favourite scenes is when Jet Li plays football, and is sarcasticlly fouled on purpose. Secondly, to keep the black audience, Li isn't allowed to fight any black character seriously or kill any of them! As the title suggests, the film's a very loose take on the Shakespeare play, with a pair of star-cross'd lovers falling for each other across a gang divide. So, getting back to the film.
It debuted at 3 on the selling 203,000 in its first week. Watching these films can be an entertaining film and although this film is not the best of the Jet Li films,I consider it one of the best. Her untimely death in real life was a tragedy. I just realised that my review doesn't actually sound too positive but trust me - I really did like the film. It looks very pretty and is extremely slick in places, but Jet Li's first English-speaking lead has very little going for it.
Which I think is funny. Playing Han was a big one for him. Making his way to Oakland, Han learns that his brother called Isaak's daughter Trish's record store the day before he was killed. When I watch a movie like this, I want it to look like people are really fighting each other. It's such a damn shame when such a talent and versatile actors like and re subjected to portray such stereotypical, mundane, pointless characters. His father's right-hand man Kai and his henchmen pull Po out and, after a brief fight with the bouncers, are ejected by Silk , the club's owner, before the meeting can take place. Kai burns Han's hands with hot coals but Han rips his shirt to improvise hand wraps, then finishes Kai by landing a kick on Kai's skull, completely breaking his spine.
The character brother of Jet Li has been removed and all three gangs deny any involvement. Jet Li is one of the most amazing fighters to ever hit the silver screen, with credentials in martial arts, not acting that rival the late great Bruce Lee and easily surpass Jackie Chan. Romeo Must Die was released on March 22, 2000. By not explaining the film the director keeps the intrigue up while at the same time thrilling us with the camera. It can't be done, we know it can't be done, we know he's not doing it, and so what's the point? Great Kung Fu set pieces that are edited so fast that they are impossible to watch.
Here Jet Li tries the Chan practice of using whatever props come to hand, but the football game looks over-rehearsed and a sequence with a fire hose is underwhelming anybody can knock guys off their feet with a fire hose. So it's all sprayed-down streets, tough-talking cops and bad-ass home-boys packing their nines, chowing down on pizza and listening to the wall-to-wall hip hop music which blankets the movie. Archived from the original on December 25, 2012. Again, not the worst movie, but not the best. Jet Li, however, is very humane and appealing, though his character is underwritten.
Also, I felt the black gangsters were over-developed, while the asian gangsters were under-developed Russell Wong's character is barely on the screen for 10 minutes of the movie, while Isiah Washington's incessant melodrama drowns out a good portion of the flick. His cab scene with Aaliyah is charming and funny and one wanted more of that but their relationship is underdeveloped in the script. Meanwhile, Colin tells his father that Po's aborted meeting was to discuss information Po had that could end the gang war. In doing so, you'll not be surprised to hear that it comes across as mostly patchy and infrequently exciting. However what he finds is a supposed gang war between Chinese and Black businessmen looking to build a water front stadium.
Like O'Day, he has a son who wants to be a player. Isaak shoots the henchman holding Trish, while Han arrives and confronts Mac about his brother. That all might have been an enjoyable background to loads of cool chop-socky action, but this interplay takes up most of the flabby two-hour running time. As far from great as awful, both got 5 out of 10 from me. Their two families have been engaged in a turf battle, which threatens their relationship.