Black MaskMay 14, 1999
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)
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
Ching Wan Lau
Inspector 'Rock' Shek Wai-Ho
(as Lau Ching Wan)
(as Françoise C.J. Yip)
(as Patrick Lung)
Anthony Wong Chau-Sang
(as Anthony Wong)
Xin Xin Xiong
701 Squad Member
(as Mouses Chan)
(as Chung King Fai)
Lawrence Ah Mon
Operating Room Doctor
(as Lawrence Ahmon)
Release Date: 14 May 1999
Filming Locations: Hong Kong, China
Opening Weekend: $4,449,692
(16 May 1999)
(1 August 1999)
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."
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.
I like it here, it's quiet. Nobody ever bothers a librarian.
This movie rocks!!
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).