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Black Mask 2: City of Masks (2002)

Cast: Andy On, Andy On, Traci Lords, more...
Director: Tsui Hark, Tsui Hark
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Studio: Columbia TriStar
Genre: Action, Foreign, Hong Kong, Martial Arts
Running Time: 101 min.
Languages: English, French
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Korean, Thai
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The Black Mask (Andy On replacing Jet Li) faces-off against a series of gruesome mutants while frantically searching for a cure for his ability not to feel pain in this flashy sequel to the 1996 original. When the Black Mask learns that genetic scientists worldwide are falling victim to an unknown assassin, he races to save the life of the next on the list. Arriving a bit to late, Black Mask learns that the mutants who have carried out the killings were created by the same sentient computer had which created him. Later rushing to the rescue upon learning that a professional wrestler has turned mutant and kidnapped a child, Black Mask makes the horrific discovery that terrorists plan to detonate a mutant bomb that will turn the population into hideous creatures. ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Surprisingly Bad by cleopatra March 18, 2004 - 11:16 AM PST
I had low expectations, but this flick still fell short. It should have gone straight to video game...

Why Tsui, why? by ColonelKong May 20, 2003 - 8:50 PM PDT
4 out of 4 members found this review helpful
Tsui Hark has either produced or directed some classics of Hong Kong cinema (Zu: Warriors from the Magic Mountain, Peking Opera Blues, Once Upon a Time in China I and II, among others), but when he directs anything in English, the results are never pretty.

This is a pretty much in-name-only sequal to Black Mask, which I saw a long time ago and barely remember. I think the only continuity with Black Mask is has a guy who wears a black mask. About the only nice things I can think of to say about this movie is that it's pretty slickly photographed, there's an ok fight at the end (although far from Yuen Wo Ping's best work), and Coen Brothers regular Jon Polito, one of my favorite character actors, is in it for some bizarre reason (he's the one person in the movie with an ounce of acting ability).

If he hadn't already done those two American films with Van Damme, I'd be amazed that anything this childish and silly came from Tsui Hark. If you want to see a much better recent film from this sometimes-genius director, try Time and Tide.

Tsui gets Tcheesy by BCarroll January 2, 2003 - 9:45 AM PST
5 out of 5 members found this review helpful
WOW! Is this the same Tsui Hark that did the Zu films? I thought I was watching ths X-Guyver Turtles of Virtue Smackdown! I was expecting the Black Mask series to become perhaps just a hair more sophisticated but I think even 8 yr olds would find this offering somewhat cheesy in this day and age. I kinda knew something was up when the opening scene had a short bald dude with fancy goggle things standing in a big fancy room talkin to some unseen head honcho. Soon the parade of animal mutant wrestler cliches started up and never let up. The CGI effects were crappy and the fights were for the most part nothing you haven't seen better. Don't get me wrong- I watch and LIKE lots of bad, cheesy, campy flicks but unfortunately this one fell into the grey zone where little or nothing worked on any level. I will be interested to see what anyone else has to say about it.

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