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Black Mask (1996)
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A survivor of a supersoldier project must fight his former comrades as a masked hero.

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Cast

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Inspector 'Rock' Shek Wai-Ho (as Lau Ching Wan)
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Yeuk Laan (as Françoise C.J. Yip)
Kong Lung ...
Commander Hung (as Patrick Lung)
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King Kau (as Anthony Wong)
Xin Xin Xiong ...
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 ...
Chief of Library (as Sze Mei Yee)
Roy Szeto ...
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Suk-yee Chan ...
Librarian (as Chan Suk Yee)
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Storyline

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. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence including martial arts combat, some sexual content and language | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

14 May 1999 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$4,449,692 (USA) (14 May 1999)

Gross:

$12,491,455 (USA) (30 July 1999)
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Trivia

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." See more »

Goofs

Safety cable and harness visible during the fight scene on top of the industrial complex See more »

Quotes

Inspector 'Rock' Shek: [after beating up a King Kau thug] Get lost!
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Connections

Followed by Black Mask 2: City of Masks (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Dancing Drums
Performed by Badmarsh & Shri
Written by Ananda Shankar
Produced by Shrikanth Sriram and Badmarsh
Published by The Gramaphone Company of India
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Wham, bam, thank you, Jet Li!!
4 November 1999 | by (Milwaukee, WI) – See all my reviews

Anyone who had never seen anything like the fight scenes in The Matrix has never seen this movie. The fight scenes were choreographed by action scene psychopath Yuen Woo Ping, who also did the fights in The Matrix. And the fight scenes are somethin.

Li plays a supersoldier who feels no pain, who now lives a life as a pacifist librarian (ya got me). When other evil supersoldiers begin killing off local drug lords to take over the drug trade, Li teams up with his cop buddy to help stop them.

There are some absolutely crazy things going on in this movie (one badguy gets his arm lopped off with a pane of glass and hardly notices). The fights scenes are filled with flying kicks and punches; the body count is way up there. Li has seldom been better, and he has surrounded himself with a bevy of beautiful female costars (Yip kicks some serious ass as a fellow supersoldier). Anthony Wong even makes a cameo as a drug lord (no suprises there; he makes a cameo in every HK movie). It's unfortunate they don't make action movies like this in the US; I wouldn't have to sit through all of these horrible dubbing jobs to see that action that I crave so much. Recommended.


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