BLACK MASK

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Starring: Jet Li, Karen Mok, Lau Ching
Wan, & Francoise Yip

Genre: Hong Kong action film

Audience:

Rating: R

Runtime: 89 minutes

Distributor: Artisan Entertainment

Director: Daniel Lee

Executive Producer:

Producer: Tsui Hark

Writer: Tsui Hark, Teddy Chan & Joe Ma

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Content:

Pagan worldview with strong pagan elements & some mild moral elements of good against evil; 43 obscentities, 4 profanities & some sexual references; extreme, somewhat graphic action violence with several bloody mutilations, such as cutting someone's throat & flesh around man's eye graphically cut, plus explosions; implied sado-masochistic sex & depicted sado-masochistic foreplay; upper male nudity & woman scantily clad in sado-masochistic scene; alcohol use; smoking & people use drugs to improve physical condition in far-fetched way; and, extortion, deception, criminal behavior, & hero values friendship above justice & defending the innocent.

Summary:

The poorly produced BLACK MASK is a dubbed action movie from Hong Kong. Jet Li plays Michael, a crime-fighter who must stop a violent gang whose members were part of a secret government program using drugs to enhance the physical capabilities. Extreme action violence, gratuitous mutilations, morally confusing, and a sadomasochistic subplot make BLACK MASK unacceptable viewing.

Review:

A dubbed action movie from Hong Kong, BLACK MASK stars foreign martial arts star (and athlete) Jet Li, the villain from LETHAL WEAPON 4. Li plays a young crime-fighter named Michael. Michael must stop a violent gang whose members were part of a secret government program using drugs to enhance the physical capabilities of some commandos. The leader of the commandos turns against society because of what the government did to them. Before the leader's change of heart, Michael in fact had left the secret commandos when he got tired of all their killing and mayhem.

Constant and extreme action violence, several gratuitous mutilations and a sadomasochistic subplot make BLACK MASK unacceptable viewing. Also, the hero goes out of his way to save the life of a female commando, even after she does some pretty despicable, violent acts. This is more evil than heroic because it sacrifices justice and protecting the innocent for the sake of mere friendship. Thus, BLACK MASK reflects a strong pagan worldview, with strong pagan elements, and gives a warped sense of heroism. Even action fans will probably regret seeing such a stale movie.

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