Black Mask


Black Mask (1997)



Critic Consensus: Stylish setting and masterfully choreographed fight scenes, but the story is low on credibility and high on excessive violence and gore.


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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 some drug lords begin turning up dead, Tsui dons a black mask and hat to investigate the slayings and learns that his former Squad 701 comrades, led by psychotic Commander Hung (Patrick Lung), are plotting to take over the drug kingpin's illegal trade. Among their number is Tsui's ex-girlfriend Kaelin (Francoise Yip). ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

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Critic Reviews for Black Mask

All Critics (29) | Top Critics (1)

Poorly lit, crooked camera angles (that didn't match one shot from the next) make the film nearly unwatchable.

May 29, 2012 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

Jet Li is freakin' unstoppable!

Mar 11, 2006 | Rating: 3/5

They needed to think this one through a little more before commiting it to film.

Jan 12, 2003 | Rating: 2/5

You could watch it on mute and still be blown away by the action bits.

Jul 25, 2002 | Rating: 2.5/5

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.

Apr 8, 2001 | Rating: 6/10

"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.

Feb 27, 2001 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Black Mask


The storyline may not always be sterling in a Jet Li movie, but one thing you can say for sure: Once Jet Li starts rocking in his purist martial arts action, there are few more stunning practitioners. See this maybe a whole lot less for the story than to see Li when he starts to roll. What a butt-kickingly superior martial arts stylist.

Lanning : )
Lanning : )

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This is such a weird movie and I've seen my fair share of weird movies before. Maybe it's the combination of stylized action, gore, british dubbing and 80s feel to it. I really wasn't expecting it to be what it was. Jet Li looks like Kato from the Green Hornet and more or less is the character. There's really nothing that interesting about the movie at all, everything in it has been done better in other movies. It should only be seen by Jet Li completists.

Conner Rainwater
Conner Rainwater

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Cheesy fun, just avoid the sequel.

Tsubaki Sanjuro
Tsubaki Sanjuro

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Jet Li turns in a great performance as the lead and his martial arts and abilities are amazing.

Dean McKenna
Dean McKenna

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