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Black Mask (1996)
"Hak hap" (original title)

R  |   |  Action, Adventure, Comedy  |  14 May 1999 (USA)
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A survivor of a supersoldier project must fight his former comrades as a masked hero.

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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
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 ...
Szeto
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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Rated R for strong violence including martial arts combat, some sexual content and language | See all certifications »
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14 May 1999 (USA)  »

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Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$12,491,455 (USA) (30 July 1999)
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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 »

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Quotes

Cailyn: [after stabbing Michael with a knife] That's from the Commander. He sent me to murder you...
[holds out her hand to him]
Cailyn: but this time, I can save you, if you'll just come back with me.
Michael: There's more to life than just survival. I'd rather die than go back.
Cailyn: We can start over when this is done, just like you said.
Michael: I've got news for you Cailyn... it's never done.
Cailyn: Michael, it is done, when we've made them pay.
Michael: And just how do you propose doing that? By killing them all?
Cailyn: Once we have the Crimewatch ...
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References Enter the Dragon (1973) See more »

Soundtracks

Black Mask (We're Taking It All)
Performed by 701 Squad (featuring Diamonds in Da Ruff, Strick, Cover, Royce Da 59 (as Royce the 5'9") & Fabbiden)
Written by M. Humphrey, C. Fossett and C. Parker
Produced by Just Blaze F.O.B. Entertainment
Published by Blackhaven Music, T-Boy Music L.L.C. Gold Lease Publishing, Sixth of July, F.O.B. Music Publishing (ASCAP)
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Jet Li rocks!!!
18 July 1999 | by (Toronto, Ontario) – See all my reviews

In Stand By Me, Vern and Teddy discuss who was tougher, Superman or Mighty Mouse. My friends and I often discuss who would win a fight too. Sometimes we get absurd and compare guys like MacGyver and The Terminator or Rambo and Matrix. But now it seems that we discuss guys like Jackie Chan, Bruce Lee and Jet Li. It is a pointless comparison seeing that Lee is dead, but it is a fun one. And if you go by what we have seen from Jet Li in Lethal 4 and Black Mask, you have to at least say that he would match up well against Chan. In this film he comes across as a martial arts God.

Black Mask is about a man that was created along with many other men, to be supreme fighting machines. Their only purpose is to win wars that other people lose. They are invincible in some ways. Now that is the premise for the film, but what that does is sets up all the amazingly choreographed fight scenes.

Jet Li is a marvel. He can do things with and to his body that no human being should be able to do. And that is what makes watching him so fun.

Besides the martial arts in the film, Black Mask is strong with humour and that is due to the chemistry that Jet has with his co-star, the police officer. They are great together. But to be honest. if anyone is reading this review, they want to know if the film is kick ass in the action department. And the answer to that is a resounding YES!!! Lots and lots of gory mindless action. You will love this film.


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