Take the art direction and set design from The Crow and Batman. Add a male-bonding element reminiscent of The Killer or Hard-Boiled. Stir in a plot line about some top-secret near-invincible bionic-man superwarriors taking over the drug trade in Hong Kong, with only one man who can stop them. Season with a high body count, lots of explosions and running gun battles, and spectacular hand-to-hand fight sequences. Top off with a soupçon of cheesy comic relief and a generous helping of atrocious dubbing. Bake for too long, then remove from oven and allow to cool until thoroughly stale. The result: Black Mask. Sure, it's a preposterous recipe (bet you didn't know that LED readouts will show up on an X-ray), but it's stylishly prepared and presented, with high-octane editing, wild camera angles, and a neo-Goth feel all around. Of course it's all about the remarkable Jet Li, the fight scenes, and the postindustrial art direction. Those who come expecting a high-concept, intelligent thriller will be left with indigestion, but Hong Kong action fans who live and die for insane stunts and head-spinning martial arts scenes will have their appetites sated by this dish. It's very interesting to see the influence that John Woo's hand continues to have on American and HK action thrillers, years after his seminal films with Chow Yun-fat. It'll be even more interesting to see how films like Black Mask hold up in the future. Just don't take it too seriously and this movie works just fine. Oh, and the title? It comes from when Jet Li switches from his mild-mannered librarian persona to butt-kicking superhero, complete with mask and hat à la The Green Hornet's Cato. --Jerry Renshaw --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
great to have it in BD, but some segment are not reflective BD quality. thanks to the seller for fast shippingPublished 6 months ago by Rick
It didn't take me long to forget this film. Once again it stars Jet in a strange role.Published on June 5 2004 by Taddese Zicke
The plot is one that's showing signs of wear: There was a secret government experiment to create the super-soldier. Read morePublished on May 31 2004 by wiredweird
This is such a great jet li movie. And i would recommand this movie to martial art fans.Published on May 23 2004 by kanye south
Typical Hong Kong shoot-em-up. Great martial arts thanks to Jet Li & Wo Ping. Americanized with poor dubbing and a lame soundtrack. Read morePublished on May 6 2004 by J
One of the best movies in the whole wide world.
Not many extra features or anything, but the quality and sound is great.
Yes this movie is better than the sequel which was black mask 2 city of masks. And jet li does a decent job in the movie.Published on March 13 2004 by X