Black Mask
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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 48%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Poorly lit, crooked camera angles (that didn't match one shot from the next) make the film nearly unwatchable."
‑ Austin Kennedy, Sin Magazine
"You could watch it on mute and still be blown away by the action bits."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"it's paced well, Jet kicks a lot of bootie, it has romance, betrayal and a sense of humor."
‑ Ross Anthony, Hollywood Report Card
"Jet Li is freakin' unstoppable!"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"Weak plot, no logic, and bad dubbing to boot. But "Black Mask" has one of the highest energy quotients you'll find in any action thriller around."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"The action sequences, hyperkinetic almost to a fault, make you forget they're saying really cheesy things that you hope were mistranslated."
‑ Widgett Walls,
"They needed to think this one through a little more before commiting it to film."
‑ Rob Vaux, Flipside Movie Emporium
""Black Mask" (Hak hap) is an all-out non-stop Hong Kong action film that is better than most films of the martial arts genre."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"Nicely gets the job done as either a showcase for Jet Li's athletic talents or an undemanding blast of action and mayhem."
‑ Michael Dequina,
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