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Black Mask 2: City of Masks (2002)

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The Black Mask must stop a group intent on setting off a DNA bomb that could cause mutations to the human race.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Moloch
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King
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Marco (as Teresa Maria Herrera)
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Thorn
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Iguana
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Dr. Lang
Rob Van Dam ...
Claw
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Raymond
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Wolf
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Snake (as Robert Bonecrusher Mukes)
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Ross
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Chameleon (as Traci Elizabeth Lords)
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Silvio Simac ...
Troy
Blackie Ko Shou Liang ...
Sergeant (as Ko Shou Liang)
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Storyline

Genetic modification means Black Mask has superhuman fighting and healing powers. He is searching the world for top geneticists who might be able to reverse his mutation, which has stolen his ability to feel emotion. His maker, whom he's running from has an amateur rival in this sequel though. Someone is hybridizing the DNA of top pro-wrestlers with that of animals, making them stronger and deadlier. But the process is turning the wrestlers (Iguana, Chameleon (Traci Lords), Snake, Wolf, and Claw) slowly more into animal killers, than human-beings. Black Mask tries to help the wrestlers but their boss has plans for BM himself. Written by kwedgwood@hotmail.com

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Action | Drama | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

9 January 2003 (Hong Kong)  »

Also Known As:

Mascara negra 2: La noche de bestias  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$225,376 (Hong Kong) (17 January 2003)

Gross:

$418,860 (Hong Kong) (24 January 2003)
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Trivia

Rob Van Dam injured his knee while performing one of his own stunts. See more »

Goofs

As Moloch is escaping from the guys outside the storage facility, he turns into his animal form. He then goes back to the hotel room, where Dr. Marco Leung is trying to work on a cure to his condition, and on a close up of Moloch you can see his real iris' behind the fake cat eye lenses he is wearing. See more »

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City of Masks
Written by Tracy Thomas and J.M. Logan
Performed by Tracy Thomas
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An unprecedented "masterpiece" and more than likely the most audacious comic book-like movie ever made.
6 March 2006 | by (England) – See all my reviews

This is no Batman, Spiderman, Sin City, Power Ranges, X-Men... this film's comic book-like effect is achieved by the inverted strategy of incorporating all the elements of a live-action into the codes of a typical comic book. Totally unprecedented mix of stylism!

What's the most fascinating that this film is using extremely subversive methods challenging the constraints of the movie (or genre) language and also our own reality by creating an artificiality in a futuristic multi-cultural highly advanced purely philosophical dimension that somehow represents the world of our wildest imagination, subconscious desires and illogical dreams, and de-facto reflecting our modern social thinking and time of the globalization... especially of the Asian and American cinema, the film is wittingly dealing with the mix of American (Californium, Iridium) and Asian (all the victims of this transformation) sensibilities and letting their main characters fighting for their own identity and searching for their own cultural roots. From this perspective the film is a pure philosophy encapsulated in a visual form contemplating the materialistic world we might be coming closer every day by our impulse for escaping from the reality... now be it the materialism in terms of the video games, computers, films or any other fascinations with the unknown that have no basis in the reality...

Why i used to call this an "unprecedented masterpiece"? Well, probably because this film clearly and perfectly meets all the criteria it has brought on itself (see above). This film practically reaches to such distant borders very few average moviegoers could even catch on to. To them the credit of a "masterpiece" is still just related to the sort of artistic "pretentiousness" (if you know what i mean) but in my mind this word's meaning is not as limited when considering the infinite possibilities of the film language.


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