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Romeo Must Die

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Romeo Must Die (2000)

Romeo Must Die is a 2000 martial arts action film that featured the first US starring role of martial arts star Jet Li as well as the acting debut of US R&B singer Aaliyah. In the film, Li stars as Han, a former police officer who escapes from a Chinese prison in order to investigate the murder of his little brother in Oakland, California. He then discovers that a war is brewing between local Chinese and African-American gangs in the city. The film also marked the directorial debut of Andrzej Bartkowiak, who previously served as the cinematographer on such films as Lethal Weapon 4, Falling Down and Speed. Bartkowiak and Li would reunite along with many of the same actors (and firearms) for 2003's Cradle 2 the Grave.

The following weapons were used in the film Romeo Must Die:


Taurus PT92

Several nickel-plated Taurus PT92s can be seen in the hands of gangsters throughout the film.

Taurus PT92AFS (Stainless) with Slimline Black Factory Grips - 9x19mm
One of Mac's guys pulls the Taurus.

Walther PPK/S

Mac (Isaiah Washington) is seen carrying a Walther PPK/S in an ankle holster as one of the many guns he carries throughout the film. With the two revolvers and the SIG-Sauer P226, that makes four guns he seems to carry around.

Walther PPK/S .380.
Mac (Isaiah Washington) pulls a Walther PPK/S on Han (Jet Li).


Kai (Russell Wong) is seen using a nickel M1911A1-type pistol throughout the movie.

Nickel-plated Rock Island Armory M1911A1 w/ pearl grips - .45 ACP
Kai (Russell Wong) holds the nickel M1911A1-type pistol.
Kai takes out a gangster with his handgun.

Desert Eagle MK VII

Maurice (Anthony Anderson) uses a chrome-plated IMI Desert Eagle with a black safety and hammer. In one scene where he tries to draw this gun on Han (Jet Li), Han disarms him and throws the gun away. Maurice later gets another one (or maybe just happens to find the gun Han threw away later). This gun is also used by a gangbanger in the club at the beginning of the movie.

Desert Eagle MK VII - .357 Magnum w/ nickel finish.
The Desert Eagle is seen on the left.
Han holds the Desert Eagle.
Han ejects the magazine from the Desert Eagle before tossing it.
Maurice (Anthony Anderson) fires the chrome-plated IMI Desert Eagle.
Maurice smiles while holding the Desert Eagle. Note the black safety and hammer.

Smith & Wesson Model 629

In addition to his SIG and his Walther, Mac also carries a pair of Smith & Wesson Model 629 revolvers with custom grips.

Smith & Wesson Model 629 with 4" Barrel - .44 magnum.

Smith & Wesson Model 60

A Smith & Wesson Model 60 with custom grips is seen being pulled by Ch'u Sing (Henry O) near the end of the film.

Classic Smith & Wesson Model 60 - .38 Special
Ch'u Sing (Henry O) pulls the S&W out from the drawer.
Closeup of the S&W.
Ch'u Sing (Henry O) holds the S&W.

Smith & Wesson 5906

A Smith & Wesson 5906 is used by one of the Asian assassins on motorcycle, and appears again later in the film.

Smith & Wesson 5906 9mm
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SIG-Sauer P226

A SIG-Sauer P226 with a stainless finish is carried by Mac and also by Chinese gang members. Trish (Aaliyah) later uses Mac's P226.

SIG-Sauer P226 9x19mm stainless
Trish (Aaliyah) uses Mac's P226.

Wildey Magnum

A Wildey Magnum auto pistol is loaded in a car by one of the Asian gangsters before they storm the club.

Wiley Magnum - .475 Magnum.

Submachine Guns

Skorpion SA

A Vz 61 Skorpion SA is seen at the beginning of the movie in the hands of Kai's gangsters.

Skorpion SA Vz 61 - .32 ACP
Closeup of the Skorpion seen in the opening credits.
One of the Kai's gangsters pulls the Skorpion.

Heckler & Koch MP5A3

The guards in the Chinese prison carry Heckler & Koch MP5A3 submachine guns along with the AKs.

MP5A3 StockCollapsed.jpg

Heckler & Koch MP5K (and PDW)

Heckler & Koch MP5Ks are seen in the hands of the Chinese gang and the black gangsters. Both sides had the PDW stock. The NFL bodyguard had a regular MP5K with a brass catcher at the end of the movie in the helicopter.

Heckler & Koch MP5K-PDW 9mm
The bodyguard fires a regular MP5K with a brass catcher in the helicopter.

Cobray M11/9

A Cobray M11/9 is used by one of the Asian assassins on a motorcycle. It seems to be the same nickel-plated Cobray also seen in American Dragons (which makes sense because Rob Fournier was the armorer on this film and that one, according to the credits).

Cobray M11/9 9mm


Olympic Arms K23B "Suitcase Gun"

A bodyguard protecting Vincent Roth (Edoardo Ballerini) at the end uses a compact assault rifle hidden in a suitcase. This is a modified Olympic Arms K23B AR-15 "stubby" with a cut-down front sight and a suitcase-style carry handle affixed to the flattop upper receiver.

An Olympic Arms K23B similar to the one seen in Romeo Must Die. The one in the movie has the M4A1-style flat top receiver with a suitcase handle on top of the receiver, whereas this gun has an A2 receiver and the newer-style collapsible stock. This one also lacks the cut-down front sight of the movie gun.
Roth's bodyguard pulls his Olympic Arms K23B from its suitcase. Note the "Stowaway" pistol grip and white lettering on the magazine well, both common features of older-model Olympic Arms AR-15s.
The bodyguard chambers the OA K32B.
The bodyguard points the K23B at Mac.

Olympic Arms K3B Commando

When the Asian and black gangsters all have guns drawn on each other at the beginning in the club, Silk (DMX) breaks up the fight by firing a shorty M4-type weapon into the ceiling. He then says, "Guns don't kill people, people kill people". This weapon looks similar to the Colt Model 933 (AKA the "M4 Commando"), but it is actually an equivalent from the Olympic Arms K3B series. It is recognized as an Olympic Arms rifle by the white lettering on the lower receiver and the four-prong "Phantom"-style flash hider.

Colt Model 933 with 4-position stock - 5.56x45mm (the weapon in the movie is the Olympic Arms K3B equivalent)
Silk with his Olympic Arms K3B at the club.


Silk's bouncers in the club are seen using Colt XM177E2 carbines; however, the weapons look fake and plastic, which suggests they might be airsoft guns (unlike Silk's M4, which is definitely a real blank-converted weapon).

XM-177E2 Carbine aka Colt Model 629 aka - 5.56x45mm. This was the last variant of the XM177 rifle used in the Vietnam War.

Norinco Type 56-1

The Chinese prison guards mostly use Norinco Type 56-1 assault rifles.

Norinco Type 56-1 (AKS-47/AKMS clone) 7.62x39mm
As Han escapes in disguise, he is confronted by the guard carrying the Norinco.
The guards at the fence also hold Norinco's.
The prison guard with the Norinco slung.


Franchi PA3/215

A Franchi PA3/215 is seen in the hands of a bodyguard.

Franchi PA3/215.

Machine Gun

ZB-53 / Vz.37 7.92mm machine gun

A Czech 7.92mm ZB-53 / Vz.37 machine gun is seen in the Chinese prison.

ZB 53 / Vz.37 machine gun on tripod - 7.92x57mm Mauser

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