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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 Shou Liang Ko ...
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

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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

The movie was released in Hong Kong in early January 2003, and featured a dubbed Cantonese soundtrack with many HK celebrities in the main roles. Most notably, Andy Lau was featured as the narrator of the Hong Kong version and Jordan Chan voiced bad guy Lang. In an amusing turn, Cecilia Cheung provided the voice of Raymond, the little boy. Other roles were filled out by Louis Koo, Lau Ching-Wan, Cherrie Ying, Chapman To, Michael Tse, Patrick Tam and Raymond Wong Ho-Yin. 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 »

Connections

Follows Black Mask (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

City of Masks
Written by Tracy Thomas and J.M. Logan
Performed by Tracy Thomas
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Better than expected
20 January 2003 | by (Chicago, IL) – See all my reviews

I had pretty much heard nothing good about Tsui Hark's English language sequel to the Jet Li vehicle Black Mask. That coupled with the fact that most of Tsui Hark's films since Chinese Feast have been disappointing and largely incoherent, there wasn't much reason for optimism. (I used to be a huge fan of Hark's films but I couldn't even sit through Legend of Zu). Black Mask 2 is a comic book flick that recalls, sometimes self-consciously, other bigger budget Hollywood flicks such as X-Men, Spiderman and The Crow. I don't see any reason why fans of the genre wouldn't enjoy this. It's very fast paced, genuinely goofy and mostly fun. It's even got a decent script, at least compared with the impossible to follow Time and Tide and Legend of Zu, which made me think Hark had completely lost any story-telling abilities he had once possessed. The wrestlers turning into monsters might make more sophisticated viewers wince, but this seems to be aimed at a solidly adolescent audience, and anyone who finds entertainment value in pro wrestling or in rubber monster fare like ULtraman or Power Rangers should get a huge kick out of this. Don't watch expecting a classic like Once Upon A Time IN China and you will likely have a good time.


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