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ROMEO MUST DIE
USA & UK: Warner Bros
Cast: Jet Li, Aaliyah (Houghton), Isaiah Washington, Russell Wong, DMX, Delroy Lindo, Henry O, D B Woodside, Edoardo Ballerini, Jon Kit Lee, Anthony Anderson, Byron Lawson, Tony Lung, Grace Park, Francoise Yip
Director: Andrzej Bartkowiak
USA: 120 mins
UK: 114 mins
USA Rated: R for violence, some language and brief nudity
UK Certificate: 15 contains some strong violence and language. (To obtain this category cuts of 30 seconds were required. The cuts were cuts for category. Distributor chose to cut scenes of violence in order to obtain a certificate 15. A certificate 18 uncut was available).
USA Release Date: 24 March 2000
UK Release Date: 13 October 2000
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 Po, the gang war becomes more dangerous than either side ever imagined.
News of the murder gets back to Po's big brother Han (Jet Li), a decorated ex-cop wrongly imprisoned in a Hong Kong jail, and it's only a matter of time before Han makes his way to American shores.
An outsider in his own family in search of the truth, Han uncovers nothing except more questions. He also becomes a target, not only to the African American camp, but also to faceless assassins whose firepower reaches far beyond the working-class waterfront.
In a world of vicious rivalries and violent betrayals, Han has no choice but to declare war himself. However unlike the others who can only use weapons, Han is a weapon and falling into his sightlines can be a deadly mistake.