Black Mask

May 14th, 1999


Black Mask

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A survivor of a supersoldier project must fight his former comrades as a masked hero.

Release Year: 1996

Rating: 5.9/10 (5,884 voted)

Director: Daniel Lee

Stars: Jet Li, Ching Wan Lau, Karen Mok

Micheal, a former test subject of a project to create supersoldiers, is forced to escape with his comrades after the project was cancelled. Months later, he is trying to have a quiet life as a librarian with a tough cop as his best friend. However, a string of vicious gangland murders begins that has all the markings of his former compatriots who seem to have turned to violent crime. Realizing that the police are helpless to fight these soldiers, Micheal decides to take them on himself. Donning a mask to protect his identity, Micheal must fight these powerful villians as the mysterious superhero known only as Black Mask.

Writers: Hark Tsui, Koan Hui

Jet Li - Tsui Chik / Black Mask
Ching Wan Lau - Inspector 'Rock' Shek Wai-Ho (as Lau Ching Wan)
Karen Mok - Tracy Lee
Françoise Yip - Yeuk Laan (as Françoise C.J. Yip)
Kong Lung - Commander Hung (as Patrick Lung)
Anthony Wong Chau-Sang - King Kau (as Anthony Wong)
Xin Xin Xiong - Jimmy Jimmy
Moses Chan - 701 Squad Member (as Mouses Chan)
King-fai Chung - Police Commissioner (as Chung King Fai)
Ken Lok - Yeuk Laan
Lawrence Ah Mon - Operating Room Doctor (as Lawrence Ahmon)
Henry Fong - Ricky Tai
Mei-Yee Sze -
Roy Szeto -
Suk-yee Chan -

Release Date: 14 May 1999

Filming Locations: Hong Kong, China

Opening Weekend: $4,449,692 (USA) (16 May 1999) (979 Screens)

Gross: $12,491,455 (USA) (1 August 1999)

Technical Specs

Runtime:  | USA:

Did You Know?

The games Tracy plays on the Sega Saturn while locked inside Black Mask's apartment are "Virtua Fighter 2" and "X-men: Children of the Atom."

Continuity: When Jimmy Jimmy and King Kau's gang notices the fuse which is heading towards the powerboard, Jimmy Jimmy is smoking a cigarette. When Jimmy Jimmy gets the fire extinguisher and climbs the ladder to extinguish the fuse, he no longer has a cigarette.

Michael: I like it here, it's quiet. Nobody ever bothers a librarian.

User Review

This movie rocks!!

Rating: 8/10

I have no idea why this flick is getting such a bad rap by so many IMDb users (Some are saying it's his 'worst movie ever.' What?? Haven't any of you seen Cradle 2 The Grave?) My favorite criticism is that the plot is totally stupid, and just an excuse to hang all of the action sequences on. Duh! What the crap were you expecting from a Jet Li movie? Did you honestly believe that someone thought up the story, then just loaded it up with action? Of course not! Black Mask is awesome, wall-to-wall action throughout nearly it's entire running time. It's also deliciously gruesome, and we get plenty of severed limbs, decapitations, and creative ways of watching the bad guys (and quite a few innocent people, too!) get slaughtered. Most of Li's other martial arts films are nursery-school when compared to Black Mask; there is no holding back on the gratuitous violence, bloodshed, or action sequences whatsoever! And that made me a happy camper. Again: if you go into a Jet Li movie expecting magnificent dialog and an intriguing plot, you are going for the wrong reasons. Black Mask is probably my favorite of his movies (though, beware of the horrendous dubbing).


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