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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 overview, first billed only:
Tobin Bell ... Moloch
Jon Polito ... King
Teresa Herrera ... Marco (as Teresa Maria Herrera)
Tyler Mane ... Thorn
Andrew Bryniarski ... Iguana
Scott Adkins ... Dr. Lang
Rob Van Dam ... Claw
Sean Marquette ... Raymond
Oris Erhuero ... Wolf
Robert Allen Mukes ... Snake (as Robert Bonecrusher Mukes)
Michael Bailey Smith ... Ross
Traci Lords ... Chameleon (as Traci Elizabeth Lords)
Andy On ... Black Mask
Silvio Simac ... Troy
Blackie Shou Liang Ko ... Sergeant (as Ko Shou Liang)


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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence | See all certifications »

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Hong Kong | USA


English | Japanese

Release Date:

9 January 2003 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Mascara negra 2: La noche de bestias See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$225,376 (Hong Kong), 17 January 2003, Limited Release
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Technical Specs


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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


This movie is not a direct sequel to the first film. While the main character shares similar traits with the Jet Li character from the original film (Super Soldier fighting in the guise of a masked vigilante) the origins of the characters, their names and the permission surrounding their "crusades" are vastly different. See more »


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 »

Alternate Versions

In the Hong Kong version of the film, star Andy On recorded a song, in Mandarin, that plays on the film's end credits which replaces the English song, "City of Masks" that play's on the end credits in the English language version. See more »


Featured in Intergalactic Combat (2007) See more »


City of Masks
Written by Tracy Thomas and J.M. Logan
Performed by Tracy Thomas
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Black Mask Is Back... Or Is He?
25 December 2002 | by Jordan-MSee all my reviews

The original "Black Mask" was a gritty HK action film starring Jet Li. For the sake of Part 2, "City Of Masks", the exclusion of Li can be forgiven. Nothing ELSE can be, though.

First of all, the main plot consists of Black Mask (even though he GAVE UP crimefighting at the end of the first film) taking on a bunch of Pro-Wrestlers - yes, Pro Wrestlers - who have been infused with the DNA of animals... like a squid. No, I'm not kidding about the squid!

You would expect really fast-paced Martial Arts along the lines of those found in the first, but what you find instead are a bunch of oddly designed fight scenes involving animalistic people. In other words, people with semi-human bodies and prosthetic animal heads.

Tsui Hark and Yuen Wo-Ping were helming this project, which is really a major letdown considering that Hark is responsible for great movies like "Time and Tide" and "The Legend Of Zu". Wo-Ping is probably best known for his fight coreography on "The Matrix." The main problem here is that you have two great HK directors trying to do what they can with a poorly slapped-together American Movie idea. Simple as that.

Don't watch Black Mask 2. Please. If you did, I would hurt you - but odds are the movie beat me to it.

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