Black Mask (film)


Black Mask (film)

Infobox Film
name = Black Mask (Chinese: 黑俠)


caption = DVD cover for "Black Mask"
director = Daniel Lee
producer = Tsui Hark Presented by Charles Heung Administrative Producer Tiffany Chen
writer = Teddy Chan Ann Hui Tsui Hark Joe Ma
starring = Jet Li Lau Ching-Wan Karen Mok Anthony Wong Chau-Sang
music = Teddy Robin Kwan
cinematography = Tony Cheung
editing = Cheung Ka-Fai Tai Ka Cheung
distributor = China Star Entertainment Group (Hong Kong) Win's Entertainment Ltd. (Hong Kong) Artisan Entertainment (USA)
released =
runtime =
country =
awards =
language = Cantonese English (dubbed)
budget =
preceded_by =
followed_by = "" (2002)
amg_id = 1:154538
imdb_id = 0115693

"Black Mask" (zh-t|t=黑俠) is a 1996 Hong Kong action film starring Jet Li, Lau Ching-Wan, Karen Mok and Anthony Wong Chau-Sang. It was directed by Daniel Lee and produced by Tsui Hark and his production company Film Workshop.

The movie is based an adapted version of the 1992 manhua "Black Mask" by Li Chi-Tak. The film was later followed by a 2002 sequel, "".

The film concerns a man named Tsui Chik (Simon in the American version), who tries to lead a quiet life as a librarian. However, he is really a former test subject for a highly secretive supersoldier project and part of a unit dubbed "701." When he discovers that other test subjects have begun a violent crime spree that the police are helpless to stop, he sets out to stop them himself by donning a disguise and using the superhero alias of "Black Mask". Having lost the ability to feel pain due to experiments performed on him by the military, Black Mask is highly invulnerable.

In the film, in homage to "The Green Hornet", Black Mask wears a domino mask and chauffeur's cap in the same style as Kato from the series. Jet Li is often mentioned as a leading candidate to play Kato in a future big budget "Green Hornet" film.

At the box office, "Black Mask" grossed a moderate HK $13,286,788 during its Hong Kong box office run. On May 14, 1999, a recut version of the film was released in 979 North American theatres. It grossed a reasonable US $4,449,692 ($4,545 per screen) in its opening weekend, and grossed a total of US $12,504,289. "Black Mask" was released in the United States in 1999 to cash in on Jet Li's recent appearance in the Hollywood film "Lethal Weapon 4". This version dubbed the original Cantonese dialogue into English and re-edited the film, swapping scenes around and excising 10 minutes of footage.

ee also

* List of Hong Kong films

External links

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