Brothers Sonny and Steven travelled over to New York as humble Chinese immigrants with dreams of a better life in the late 1980s. However, as they struggled to find a path that would lead them to the so-called American Dream, they quickly became involved in the brutal Chinatown gang The Green Dragons, which soon became their only answer to their crippling poverty. Before long, they are in the high ranks of the group and struggling to evade the ever watchful eye of the New York Police Department who a constant threat to their hedonistic and violence-fuelled lifestyle. However, when Sonny embarks on an illicit affair, his brother soon turns on him resulting in a tragic death. Thus, he decides to set out on a vengeance mission against the group of people who transformed him into the lawless killer he has now become.
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It's such a damn shame when such a talent and versatile actors like Jet Li and Delroy Lindo re subjected to portray such stereotypical, mundane, pointless characters. To all those who are unaware of Jet Li, stop reading right now and run down to your local video story and ask for Once Upon a Time in China, Bodyguard from Beijing, and Hitman. 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. But Jet Li's character in Romeo Must Die reminds me of the circus clown hired to keep the kiddies smiling in the film.
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