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Black Mask 2: City of Masks (Bilingual)
BLACK MASK 2: CITY OF MASKS is a thrill-a-minute sci-fi adventure from Tsui Hark, the director of Knock Off and Double Team and Yuen Wo Ping, the martial arts choreographer of The Matrix. Andy On takes on the role Jet Li made legendary in this action-packed sequel to the 1999 genre classic. Also starring Traci Elizabeth Lords (Blade, Virtuosity), Tyler Mane (Joe Dirt, Sabretooth from X-Men), Jon Polito (The Man Who Wasn't There, The Tailor of Panama) and WWF Superstar Rob Van Dam. While searching for a cure for the biological abnormality that gives him super powers, Black Mask (On) stumbles upon a terrorist group intent on dropping a DNA bomb on the human race. But in order to put a stop totheir devious plan, he must first battle a group of chemically enhanced professional wrestlers withthe ability to morph into monstrously powerful mutants ... and they won't stop until the chemical makeup of the entire population is tweaked forever.
This outlandish comic book of a movie stars newcomer Andy On as the genetically altered warrior played by Jet Li in the original Black Mask. As Zeus--the gigantic brain-in-a-vat that created Black Mask--sends his newest super-warrior to track Black Mask down, the nefarious owner of a professional wrestling network has a plan to genetically alter his wrestlers and turn them into animalistic half-humans--meanwhile, Black Mask falls in love with a beautiful geneticist who's paralyzed with phobic anxiety whenever a man touches her... None of the plot makes much sense, but sense is hardly the point. Though the computer-generated special effects are fairly crude, the relentless camera movement and rapid-fire editing of Hong Kong action master Tsui Hark (Peking Opera Blues, Time and Tide) and fight choreographer Yuen Wo Ping (The Matrix) keep the spectacle rolling along entertainingly. Also featuring Traci Lords as a kick-ass wrestling queen. --Bret Fetzer
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Anyway, if you have to see "BM2" keep this in mind. Story is low on credibility, but that doesn't matter. If you hear the hero of the film in mask is an ex-super soldier, and a bunch of bad guys (including pro-wrestlers genetically turned into monsters!!) are aiming at his life for whatever reasons I don't know, it's OK. Just give me good actions, and I'll be happy.
And the film's stunt coordinator is Yuen Wo Ping, which means something to action flick fans. Sadly, the actions here are far below the level we can expect from his name. Actions are fewer than they should be, and they are just standard ones, nothing special (by his standard, of course). After watching Jackie or Jet or even Keanu, it is a huge disappointment.
The only interesting factor I can find is its casting; the "mask" is a newcomer Andy On, whose action and acting is just passable. Of more interest is the participations of Jon Polito (as wrestlers' manager), who is regular of Coen Brothers. The wrestlers are played by Tyler Mane (in "X-Men" as Siber Tooth); Rob Van Dam who is really a wrestler; Andrew Bryniarski (seen as "Leather Face" in new "Texas Chainsaw Massacre") and Tracy Elizabeth Lords as 'Cameleon.'
Tracy Lords? Yes, that's her. Surprisingly Ms.Read more ›
The new Black Mask is played by newcomer Andy On, who will probably never work again. He's a horrible actor with nothing to work with. The rest of the cast is made up of people you've seen before, but don't remember. WWE superstar Rob Van Dam, ex-WCW wrestler Tyler Mane, and ex-porn star Traci Lords make up the wrestler villains, along with a token black guy to take on BM in a series of unexciting fights. They're lead by 2 guys I didn't remember until the end, one played by the shop owner from The Crow, and one played by the military dean from Episode 39 of the Sopranos. Neither do well in their cardboard cutout roles.
For fans of bad movies, you might get some "so bad it's good" entertainment, since this is grade A material for that.
Ok that being said, first of all I love Jet Li, so when I saw the first Black Mask, I hated it because the dubbing was horrible and they over did it with the rap. It may have good rhythm but it just doesnt mix very well in a fight scene. I see a martial arts film I expect the music to get the adrenaline pumping.
The good thing about this film, it doesn't look dated. Unlike the first black mask which was made in 1999 this one doesn't look like it was made in the 80's. The music wasn't annoying and instead of using horrible dubbing they actually got actors to speak english very well. The first 10 minutes or so in this film are the best, after they enter the city thats when it's no longer a Black Mask movie. It's more like the game Bloody Roar. I mean it's like they completely abandoned the first 10 minutes of the movie and just started it all over with the wrestlers. If they had stick with that it might've done ok without Jet Li.
I gave it 2 stars because of the fight scenes and the way the movie looked. Sorry but I've seen plenty of HK movies and they all look very dated. What really [is bad] is that it seems they put a lot of money into this and went through a lot of trouble with the fight scenes and effects and only came out with this garbage.
Two Stars, in my opinion rent it only don't buy it. The DVD doesn't even have any special features except three trailers. And as for the actress who freezes up whenever a guy touches her, I think most guys when they saw this movie said to themselves That's not what I would've done if I was with her.
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To say that Rob Van Dam the pro wrestler plays in this awful movie.
It really hurt watching
If you love bad films, this one is a must. If you don't, don't bother reading this, just forget this film ever happened. Read morePublished on Jan. 19 2004
I suppose what made this movie such a let down was the fact that Jet Li made no return and there was nearly no return from any other character in the original cast. Read morePublished on Dec 27 2003 by JL1984
Black Mask 2 has to be the worst ever sequel to a fine Hong Kong action film. The original Black Mask had spectacular fight choreography plus the talent of one Jet Li. Read morePublished on Aug. 25 2003 by Cosmic Muse
THis movie is pure evil. Ive never been so bored in my life. THis was such a ridiculous piece of filmography. I cant believe I forced my eyelids open for this. Read morePublished on Aug. 2 2003 by Gavin West
I thought there was nothing wrong with Black Mask 2 whatsoever! The action was beautiful, the costumes were "on-point", and style was like how a "super-hero comic-book"-style... Read morePublished on March 8 2003 by Mark A. Payne @ Atomix Comix
hahahahahahahahhahahahahahah this is the most funniest movie i have ever seen it was soooo hillarious i couldnt stop laughing a fell off my bed the story line was just sooooo funny... Read morePublished on Feb. 8 2003
It could be the worst tsui-hark's movies i've ever seen. I don't kno why, i'm sure he could make it better if he had more bugdet. Read morePublished on Feb. 5 2003 by Asrul Sani
Read the first 3 reviews, cheesy maybe, but I found this film more like HK version of The X-men. And if any of you remember the old Tv show The Green Hornet's side-kick (Kato,... Read morePublished on Jan. 28 2003 by Whistler
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