History Film / RomeoMustDie

3rd Feb '17 6:44:07 PM Nyame
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* BigBadDuumvirate: [[spoiler: Chu and Mac.]]

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* BigBadDuumvirate: [[spoiler: Chu [[spoiler:Chu and Mac.]]



* BigBrotherWorship: Implied. In Po's apartment, there are several pictures of him and Han, and even an old memento of theirs from their childhood (a flat basketball). Unlike their father, who was content to let Han rot in prison, it seems Po never forgot what his brother did for them and cherished his love until the day he died.



* ChekhovsGun: Po's cane [[spoiler:has a hidden compartment which holds a list of waterfront properties. It's critical to unraveling the mystery surrounding his death]].



* FatalFlaw: Chu's is greed. [[spoiler:He killed his youngest son and several others over it, leading to his eldest son escaping prison and unraveling his plans anyway. By the end, he has his money, but has lost his top lieutenant and most of his allies, with the police hot on his heels and the other Chinese families calling for his blood once they figure out what he's done]].



* LaserGuidedKarma: All over the place. [[spoiler:In fact, Han outright tells his father that he's counting on this. Instead of killing Ch'u in retaliation for Po's death, Han will let either the police or one of the other Chinese families finish him off instead. Ch'u, realizing that he's screwed no matter what, defies the trope and commits suicide]].



* MobWar: The whole plot.

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* MobWar: The whole plot. [[spoiler:It's fake. Nearly every major death shown onscreen was "in-house" -- Po was killed by Kai on Chu's orders, and Colin was killed by Mac behind Isaak's back]].



** Averted with Chu, who is quite happy to let one son rot in prison and [[spoiler: have his younger child killed]] in order to further his own goals.

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** Averted with Chu, who is quite happy to let one son rot in prison and [[spoiler: have [[spoiler:have his younger child killed]] in order to further his own goals.



* ThePromise: Han promised his mother that he would always protect his little brother. His inability to do so, due to being in prison to protect their father while Po was murdered, causes him immense pain, and is what strains his relationship with Chu.



** [[spoiler:Kind of hard to pinpoint. While Po is the one who ended up going to America with his father, said father had him ''killed'' by his top lieutenant because he could possibly compromise a major business deal. Han on the other hand is the one who went to prison in order to help them escape China, though it's made clear it's not for his father's sake but for his brother, and that he rejected his father, by becoming a police officer. However, Ch'u seemed to favor him more than he did Po, and it's heavily implied that he always has despite Han's rebelliousness]].
** Isaak's son, Colin, wrongly thinks he is this or the WellDoneSonGuy as his father won't let him help run his criminal empire but it's really due to Issak wanting a clean life for him. Sadly, Colin never gets the chance to fully understand or accept this before he is [[spoiler: violently murdered]].

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** [[spoiler:Kind of hard to pinpoint. While Po is the one who ended up going to America with his father, said father had him ''killed'' by his top lieutenant because he could possibly compromise a major business deal. Han on the other hand is the one who went to prison in order to help them escape China, though it's made clear it's not for his father's sake but for his brother, and that he rejected his father, father by becoming a police officer. officer prior to that. However, Ch'u Chu seemed to favor him more than he did Po, and it's heavily implied that he always has despite Han's rebelliousness]].
** Isaak's son, Colin, wrongly thinks he is this or the WellDoneSonGuy as his father won't let him help run his criminal empire but it's really due to Issak wanting a clean life for him. Sadly, Colin never gets the chance to fully understand or accept this before he is [[spoiler: violently [[spoiler:violently murdered]].
22nd Nov '16 5:59:41 AM fearlessnikki
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* ActionFilmQuietDramaScene: The scenes between Trish and Han, as well as their scenes with their respective fathers, are sombre and quiet breaks from all the fighting.



* TokenRomance: In a movie full of mostly black and Asian characters, Roth is the only prominent white person (save for a couple of extras).

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* TokenRomance: TokenWhite: In a movie full of mostly black and Asian characters, Roth is the only prominent white person (save for a couple of extras).
22nd Nov '16 5:58:34 AM fearlessnikki
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Though the title, and the fact that it involves a guy and girl from rival crime gangs hooking up might give you the impression that this is a send-up of ''RomeoAndJuliet''; in reality [[TokenRomance Han and Trish's romance is not really a major plot point]].

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Though the title, and the fact that it involves a guy and girl from rival crime gangs hooking up might give you the impression that this is a send-up of ''RomeoAndJuliet''; in reality [[TokenRomance Han and Trish's romance is not really a major plot point]].point.



* CerebusRetcon: Trish relates a story from her childhood where she and Colin pranked their mother by pretending he had been hit by a car. The joke instantly became unfunny as soon as Trish saw her mother's reaction. [[spoiler: It's an incredibly painful memory for her once Colin is killed]].



* FatBastard: Maurice is a mixture of this and BigFun depending on which characters he's interacting with.
* GagEcho: Maurice is constantly correcting people who get his name wrong. [[spoiler: They're his final words after Han defeats him towards the end]].



* ImpliedLoveInterest: Han and Trish, children of the respective leaders of the mob war, form an emotional connection throughout it. They don't get particularly intimate, only sharing a hug at the end. But it's implied that they will form a relationship eventually.[[note]]A kiss was filmed but cut due to not fitting the tone of the scene.[[/note]]



* ManlyTears: [[spoiler: After his father dies]] Han is noticeably misty-eyed.



* ShakingHerHairLoose: How the female assassin reveals her gender when her helmet is pulled off.



* TokenRomance: Seriously, this film has scarcely anything to do with ''Romeo and Juliet''. You could remove Han and Trish's romance (or even Trish's ''character'' if you get right down to it) and it would be exactly the same film. Even calling it a "romance" is a gross overstatement. The two share no intimate moments, not even a kiss, just a few hugs here and there.

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* TokenRomance: Seriously, this film has scarcely anything to do with ''Romeo In a movie full of mostly black and Juliet''. You could remove Han and Trish's romance (or even Trish's ''character'' if you get right down to it) and it would be exactly Asian characters, Roth is the same film. Even calling it only prominent white person (save for a "romance" is a gross overstatement. The two share no intimate moments, not even a kiss, just a few hugs here and there.couple of extras).
21st Nov '16 4:25:42 PM fearlessnikki
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* ActionGirl: Trish takes out an assassin that Han was unable to defeat. [[ParodiedTrope Because Han manipulated her limbs because the assassin was a girl and he didn't want to hit a girl.]]

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* ActionGirl: ActionSurvivor: Trish takes out an assassin that Han was unable to defeat. [[ParodiedTrope Because Han manipulated isn't exactly a fighting expert, but she gets her limbs because hands dirty plenty of times. [[spoiler: She also shoots Mac in the assassin was a girl and he didn't want to hit a girl.]]climax]].



* BloodlessCarnage

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* BloodlessCarnageBloodlessCarnage: There isn't a whole lot of blood in the movie despite the violence.



* DitchTheBodyguards

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* DitchTheBodyguardsDitchTheBodyguards: Trish ditches Maurice as soon as possible, and they continue to let her slip through their fingers at numerous other times.



* MissingMom: Trish's mother is said to be dead. Han's doesn't appear to be around either.



* PapaWolf: Upon finding out who [[spoiler: murdered his son]] Isaak went to strangle said person in a mindless rage. He also shot and killed the mook who had dared to manhandle Trish, despite being grievously wounded himself.

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* PapaWolf: PapaWolf:
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Upon finding out who [[spoiler: murdered his son]] Isaak went to strangle said person in a mindless rage. He also shot and killed the mook who had dared to manhandle Trish, despite being grievously wounded himself.



* ParentalFavoritism: [[spoiler:While it isn't explicit, there are implications throughout the movie that despite rejecting his father to become a police officer, Han has always been Ch'u's favored son and chosen heir apparent. His lack of regret in ordering Po's death further supports this.]]

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* ParentalFavoritism: [[spoiler:While it isn't explicit, there are implications throughout the movie that despite rejecting his father to become a police officer, Han has always been Ch'u's Chu's favored son and chosen heir apparent. His lack of regret in ordering Po's death further supports this.]]



* SacrificialLamb: [[spoiler: Colin]] looks like he's going to be a big part of the plot, but his death shows that things are serious business now.
* SamusIsAGirl: When an assassin chases them on a motorbike, Han pulls the helmet off to discover it's a woman.
--> "You're...[[BaitAndSwitch Chinese]]?"



* StuffBlowingUp

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* StuffBlowingUpStuffBlowingUp: Including a barbershop and house boat.



* TheUnfavorite: [[spoiler:Kind of hard to pinpoint. While Po is the one who ended up going to America with his father, said father had him ''killed'' by his top lieutenant because he could possibly compromise a major business deal. Han on the other hand is the one who went to prison in order to help them escape China, though it's made clear it's not for his father's sake but for his brother, and that he rejected his father, by becoming a police officer. However, Ch'u seemed to favor him more than he did Po, and it's heavily implied that he always has despite Han's rebelliousness]].

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* TheUnfavorite: TheUnfavorite:
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[[spoiler:Kind of hard to pinpoint. While Po is the one who ended up going to America with his father, said father had him ''killed'' by his top lieutenant because he could possibly compromise a major business deal. Han on the other hand is the one who went to prison in order to help them escape China, though it's made clear it's not for his father's sake but for his brother, and that he rejected his father, by becoming a police officer. However, Ch'u seemed to favor him more than he did Po, and it's heavily implied that he always has despite Han's rebelliousness]].
20th Nov '16 4:48:39 AM Morgenthaler
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* {{Badass}}: Han.
23rd Mar '16 5:52:30 PM YT45
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An African American gang, headed by Isaak O'Day (Delroy Lindo), and a [[TheTriadsAndTheTongs Chinese gang]], headed by Chu Sing (Henry O) are [[MobWar at war]] on the streets of UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco over waterfront property rights. This rivalry culminates in the death of Po Sing, Chu's son, by an unknown assailant. In Hong Kong, Po's brother/Chu's other son Han Sing (Li), learns of Po's death, and promptly busts out of prison and heads to San Francisco to avenge him. Trish O'Day (Aaliyah) is the daughter of Isaak who does not want anything to do with her family's mob activities. Han meets with her and she ends up assisting him in trying to find his brother's killer. A romance also burgeons between them. Isaak has since decided to go legitimate for the sake of his children and become the part-owner of a stadium that will be built on the waterfront. The owners of waterfront properties who refuse to sell are being murdered, but by who? And are they the same persons that murdered Po?

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An African American gang, gang in Oakland, headed by Isaak O'Day (Delroy Lindo), and a [[TheTriadsAndTheTongs Chinese gang]], gang]] out of Chinatown, headed by Chu Sing (Henry O) are [[MobWar at war]] on the streets of UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco over Bay-Area waterfront property rights. This rivalry culminates in the death of Po Sing, Chu's son, by an unknown assailant. In Hong Kong, Po's brother/Chu's other son Han Sing (Li), learns of Po's death, and promptly busts out of prison and heads to San Francisco to avenge him. Trish O'Day (Aaliyah) is the daughter of Isaak who does not want anything to do with her family's mob activities. Han meets with her and she ends up assisting him in trying to find his brother's killer. A romance also burgeons between them. Isaak has since decided to go legitimate for the sake of his children and become the part-owner of a stadium that will be built on the waterfront. The owners of waterfront properties who refuse to sell are being murdered, but by who? And are they the same persons that murdered Po?
23rd Jan '16 9:13:30 AM xxbiasonxxx
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* TheDragon: [[spoiler: Kai to Chu.]]
5th Dec '15 12:08:55 PM erforce
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The film is regarded as Jet Li's breakout role in Hollywood (though he had formerly played the villain in ''LethalWeapon4''.) It was also Aaliyah's first film and, due to her untimely death the following year, considered the best of her limited filmography.

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The film is regarded as Jet Li's breakout role in Hollywood (though he had formerly played the villain in ''LethalWeapon4''.''Film/LethalWeapon4''.) It was also Aaliyah's first film and, due to her untimely death the following year, considered the best of her limited filmography.
15th Nov '15 4:24:20 PM TheWanderer
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* JustAGangster: Mac has this attitude, and when Isaak reveals his plans for going legit, Mac wants nothing to do with it and turns on Isaak for good.
-->'''Mac:''' I've had enough of this legit shit. ... You lost your mind when you thought this white boy was going to let you have a piece of that game. You want a damned owner's box? I just want to own the streets.
-->'''Isaak:''' That's always been your problem.
15th Nov '15 2:30:23 AM Morgenthaler
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** It was played up as a romance initially, with the leads sharing a kiss or two, but it supposedly didn't go over well with prescreen audiences.
*** Apparently many of Jet Li's Asian fans were not too fond of seeing him being intimate with a black/non-Asian woman. Although another rumored reason for the lack of romance between Han and Trish was the age difference between the two actors (Aaliyah was about 19 or 20 at the time of filming and Jet Li was already in his mid-30's.)
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