Black Mask

Black Mask

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Director: Daniel Lee

Cast: Daniel Lee, Jet Li, Lau Ching-Wan, Karen Mok

     
 

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Martial arts star Jet Li donned a black hat and mask to portray a comic book superhero in this pulp action tale that gets the full-blown Hong Kong treatment from choreographer Yuen Wo Ping, who later designed the fight scenes for The Matrix (1999). Li stars as Tsui Chik, leader of Squad 701, an elite commando team of genetically-engineered super-soldiers. WhenSee more details below

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Martial arts star Jet Li donned a black hat and mask to portray a comic book superhero in this pulp action tale that gets the full-blown Hong Kong treatment from choreographer Yuen Wo Ping, who later designed the fight scenes for The Matrix (1999). Li stars as Tsui Chik, leader of Squad 701, an elite commando team of genetically-engineered super-soldiers. When the unit was deemed a failure because of mental instability in some of the test subjects, the project was disbanded. Tsui now lives quietly in Hong Kong, masquerading as a shy librarian whose only friend is a cop (Lau Ching Wan). When some drug lords begin turning up dead, Tsui dons a black mask and hat to investigate the slayings and learns that his former Squad 701 comrades, led by psychotic Commander Hung (Patrick Lung), are plotting to take over the drug kingpin's illegal trade. Among their number is Tsui's ex-girlfriend Kaelin (Francoise Yip).

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There are two reasons to see Black Mask: Jet Li and Yuen Wo Ping. It seems Li's star has risen in Hollywood as far as it's going to go, which is great news for B-movie and Hong Kong action fans; who wants to see Li bogged down with big-studio budgets, lame stories, and romantic interests? Li's at his miraculous, gravity-defying best when he's taking down an army of black leather-clad gangsters with swords -- and blindfolded, to boot -- as he did in 1993's The Legend 2. Ping, on the other hand, was only discovered in L.A. in the early 2000s, after his one-two punch of The Matrix and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, but action fans were well aware of his artistry, if not his name, for years. Ping has perfected what he calls "wire work," which allows performers to seemingly fly for short distances and run along walls, effects put to terrific use in those two films. Which is what's ultimately disappointing about Black Mask: There is very little of the spectacle expected from Ping and Li, although the three astonishingly athletic martial arts sequences are still nothing short of amazing. But the story is confusing -- or maybe it's the dubbing -- and some unanswered questions are raised: why does Li's genetically enhanced soldier wear that hat and mask? To look like Kato? Was this an audition for The Green Hornet?

Product Details

Release Date:
09/02/2008
UPC:
0031398101307
Original Release:
1996
Rating:
R
Source:
Lions Gate
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:42:00
Sales rank:
45,890

Special Features

Wushu Technique; Wushu in Action; Black Mask Game

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jet Li Tsui Chik
Lau Ching-Wan Inspector Shek
Karen Mok Tracy
Françoise Yip Yuek=Ian
Patrick Lung Kang Commander Hung
Anthony Wong King Kau

Technical Credits
Daniel Lee Director
Teddy Chan Associate Producer,Screenwriter
Tiffany Chen Executive Producer
William Fung Costumes/Costume Designer
Tsui Hark Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Charles Heung Producer
Koan Hui Asst. Director,Screenwriter
Cheung Ka-Fai Editor
Mabel Kwan Costumes/Costume Designer
Bill Lui Art Director
Eddie Ma Art Director
Joe Ma Screenwriter
Stephen Ma Special Effects
Yuen Woo Ping Action Director
DJ Revolution Score Composer
Teddy Robin Songwriter
Cheung Tung-Leung Cinematographer

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