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.
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.