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Black Mask (1996)

Hak hap (original title)
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A survivor of a supersoldier project must fight his former comrades as a masked hero.

Director:

Daniel Lee

Writers:

Hark Tsui (screenplay) (as Tsui Hark), Koan Hui (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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4 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jet Li ... Tsui Chik / Black Mask
Ching Wan Lau ... Inspector 'Rock' Shek Wai-Ho (as Lau Ching Wan)
Karen Mok ... Tracy Lee
Françoise Yip ... Yeuk Laan (as Françoise C.J. Yip)
Kong Lung Kong Lung ... Commander Hung (as Patrick Lung)
Anthony Chau-Sang Wong ... King Kau (as Anthony Wong)
Xin Xin Xiong ... Jimmy Jimmy
Moses Chan ... 701 Squad Member (as Mouses Chan)
King-Fai Chung ... Police Commissioner (as Chung King Fai)
Tat-Wah Lok ... (as Ken Lok)
Lawrence Ah Mon 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 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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence including martial arts combat, some sexual content and language | See all certifications »
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Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

Goofs

Safety cable and harness visible during the fight scene on top of the industrial complex See more »

Quotes

Tracy Lee: [looks for a way to escape with Michael after he's injured] Now where do we go?
Cailyn: [grabs her and tries to yank her off the building] STRAIGHT DOWN, BITCH!
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Alternate Versions

U.S. release is missing 10 minutes, replaces/edits opening sequence and credits, and replaces original soundtrack. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Cinema Snob Movie (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Fires in Hell
Performed by Half-A-Mil
Written by Half-A-Mil (as J. Wardlaw) and Just Blaze (as J. Smith)
Produced by Just Blaze
Published by Half Mil Publishing/Suite 1202 Music (BMI), F.O.B. Music Publishing (ASCAP)
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Superhero
2 April 2007 | by kosmaspSee all my reviews

Jet Li behind a black mask? Does that work? I think it does. It's not the greatest movie ever made, but it's a fun little action b-movie that you get here.

The emphasis is clearly on the word "b-movie"! You can't watch this movie expecting a Hollywood Blockbuster. Or anything that would resemble a logical story. It is quite literally a "no-brainer". I have criticized movies for being no-brainers before. Why did I rate this one higher? Because I see it in the context. For example, Black Mask 2 is a "no-brainer" ... but there is nothing there that is entertaining. Here you have some jokes that work, but more importantly you have good choreographed action scenes. All of that is missing in the sequel (if you can call it that ...)


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Details

Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese | English

Release Date:

14 May 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Black Mask See more »

Filming Locations:

Hong Kong, China

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,449,692, 16 May 1999

Gross USA:

$12,504,289

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$12,504,289
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (USA)

Sound Mix:

Stereo (Dolby Stereo)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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