Black Mask

Starring: Jet Li, Ching Wan Lau, Karen Mok

Directed by: Daniel Lee

Produced by: Film Workshop, Distant Horizons

Distributed by: Artisan

Genre: action/adventure

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Review by Xibo Date seen: May 15, 1999
Viewing Location: East Village, NYC Grade: A
Summary: An excellent martial arts flick starring Jet Li.
Jet Li was simply amazing in Lethal Weapon 4; in this film he completely kicks ass and takes names. This movie has some of the best martial arts combat I have ever seen. It was simply astounding. Produced by Tsui Hark, this film was made in Hong Kong and then dubbed for american release. The result is that the audience was very uncomfortable with the dubbing in places. But aside from that, the film was perfect. Perfectly amazing. Extremly violent and action-packed, with moves I've never seen before. The plot? Genetically enhanced super-soldiers are hiding from the government and preparing the hold the government hostage by hijacking critical data. And our hero, an ex-super-soldier turned librarian, is played by Jet Li. Ching Wan Lau also gave an excellent performance as the hero's friend and local cop; look for him in future films. 

Review by Z Date seen: December 14, 2000
  Grade: C
Summary: incomprehensibile; far better jet li movies exist
The dubbing was atypically very good. The rest of the movie was kind of mediocre as far as Hong Kong action goes. Go see High Risk to see Jet Li really kicking ass, or go see My Father Is a Hero for true HK-style action/character moviemaking. 

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