Movies by Release Date: 1996

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East Palace West Palace (1996)

90 min - Drama - 1 January 1996
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In China, homosexuality isn't illegal, but homosexuals are routinely persecuted by police and arrested for "hooliganism". The film focuses on a young gay writer A-Lan who, being attracted to a young policeman, manages to have himself interrogated for a whole night. His life-story which he tells during the interrogation reflects the general repression of the Chinese society. The policeman's attitude shifts from the initial revulsion to fascination and, finally, to attraction.

Director:  Zhang Yuan
Stars:  Si Han, Hu Jun, Zhao Wei

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In China, homosexuality isn't illegal, but homosexuals are routinely persecuted by police and arrested for "hooliganism". The film focuses on a young gay writer A-Lan who, being attracted to a young policeman, manages to have himself interrogated for a whole night. His life-story which he tells during the interrogation reflects the general repression of the Chinese society. The policeman's attitude shifts from the initial revulsion to fascination and, finally, to attraction.


Collections: Zhang Yuan

Genres: Drama

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Language:  普通话
Release Date:  1 January 1996

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Runtime:  1 h 30 min
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太后吉祥 (1996)

102 min - - 1 January 1996
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清朝末年,慈禧(斯琴高娃 饰)突然身染怪病,御医们一批批来了又走,都没能开出药方治好太后的病。慈溪大怒,命人将御医们全部斩首。斩首这天,刑场旁边放着丰盛的酒席,好让御医们死前饱餐一顿。一个江湖郎中汤元元(陈佩斯 饰)因饥肠辘辘,不知就里就坐上席间大吃大喝。主斩官洪禄以为汤元元是问斩的御医,喝人将他捉了上来。汤元元发现洪禄正不停打嗝,随口说了个药方竟治好了他的病。太后得知此事,忙命人暗中吩咐洪禄带汤元元入宫为她看病。汤元元最终命运如何?

Director:  Tao Jin
Writers:  Xiaoxiong Yang

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清朝末年,慈禧(斯琴高娃 饰)突然身染怪病,御医们一批批来了又走,都没能开出药方治好太后的病。慈溪大怒,命人将御医们全部斩首。斩首这天,刑场旁边放着丰盛的酒席,好让御医们死前饱餐一顿。一个江湖郎中汤元元(陈佩斯 饰)因饥肠辘辘,不知就里就坐上席间大吃大喝。主斩官洪禄以为汤元元是问斩的御医,喝人将他捉了上来。汤元元发现洪禄正不停打嗝,随口说了个药方竟治好了他的病。太后得知此事,忙命人暗中吩咐洪禄带汤元元入宫为她看病。汤元元最终命运如何?


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Language:  普通话
Release Date:  1 January 1996

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Runtime:  1 h 42 min
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Clouds and Rain Over Wushan (1996)

96 min - - 1 January 1996
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A policeman (Wang Wenqiang) investigates an introverted signal-station manager (Xianmin Zhang) suspected of raping a hotel clerk (Zhong Ping).

Director:  Zhang Ming

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A policeman (Wang Wenqiang) investigates an introverted signal-station manager (Xianmin Zhang) suspected of raping a hotel clerk (Zhong Ping).


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Language:  Cantonese
Release Date:  1 January 1996

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Runtime:  1 h 36 min
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The Pampered Wife (1996)

90 min - - 1 January 1996
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Chinese comedy directed by Shi Shujun

Director:  Shi Shujun
Stars:  Zhou Xun, Li Cao

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Chinese comedy directed by Shi Shujun


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Language:  普通话
Release Date:  1 January 1996

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Runtime:  1 h 30 min
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Sons (1996)

95 min - Drama - 1 January 1996
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Story of a real family in Beijing. The father's drinking problem starts it all. The mother struggles to keep the family together till she cannot take it any more.

Director:  Zhang Yuan
Writers:  Dai Ning

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Story of a real family in Beijing. The father's drinking problem starts it all. The mother struggles to keep the family together till she cannot take it any more.


Collections: Zhang Yuan

Genres: Drama

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Language:  普通话
Release Date:  1 January 1996

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Runtime:  1 h 35 min
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Scarred Memory (1996)

90 min - - 1 January 1996
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Ex-Category 3 starlet Veronica Yip is a young doctor who’s suffering psychological trauma after being raped. She has an understanding boyfriend and best friend, but the pressure of her sexual frigidity gets to them and she finds them in extra-curricular activity. Due to her shame and alienation, she neglects a bloodied patient (Simon Yam) who arrives at the ER. She’s punished by her superiors whereupon she quits to rest in Macau. Then guess who shows up: Simon Yam, who’s become “special” thanks to his head trauma.

Director:  Ray Leung Ka-Hei
Writers:  Ray Leung Ka-Hei, Hsu Jen-Tu, Au Kin-Cheong, Wong Sa-Fai

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Ex-Category 3 starlet Veronica Yip is a young doctor who’s suffering psychological trauma after being raped. She has an understanding boyfriend and best friend, but the pressure of her sexual frigidity gets to them and she finds them in extra-curricular activity. Due to her shame and alienation, she neglects a bloodied patient (Simon Yam) who arrives at the ER. She’s punished by her superiors whereupon she quits to rest in Macau. Then guess who shows up: Simon Yam, who’s become “special” thanks to his head trauma.


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Release Date:  1 January 1996

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Runtime:  1 h 30 min
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July 13th (1996)

95 min - - 1 January 1996
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A problematic girl Sugar witnessed an old woman committed suicide, and leaving behind the scene, a "suicide manual". Police officer. Alan with ex-girlfriend Lorna assisted by Pierre, a silly police officer on suspension, worked together in the investigation and got some clues. At the most crucial part of the investigation, Pierre suddenly disappeared, Alan, Lorna were also being suspended from duties. Both started to dream of a mysterious old woman, warning them to stop meddling with the case. Despite the warning, Alan and Lorna continued to investigate and lead to the discovery of a mysterious bookstore ...

Director:  Wellson Chin

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A problematic girl Sugar witnessed an old woman committed suicide, and leaving behind the scene, a "suicide manual". Police officer. Alan with ex-girlfriend Lorna assisted by Pierre, a silly police officer on suspension, worked together in the investigation and got some clues. At the most crucial part of the investigation, Pierre suddenly disappeared, Alan, Lorna were also being suspended from duties. Both started to dream of a mysterious old woman, warning them to stop meddling with the case. Despite the warning, Alan and Lorna continued to investigate and lead to the discovery of a mysterious bookstore ...


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Language:  Cantonese
Release Date:  1 January 1996

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Runtime:  1 h 35 min
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Forbidden City Cop (1996)

89 min - Action, Adventure, Comedy - 16 February 1996
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Set in Imperial China, Stephen Chiau plays Ling Ling Fat, one of the elite Emperor's guards in the Forbidden City. However unlike his colleagues he doesn't know anything about Kung Fu or other martial-arts, but instead uses his time to make futuristic inventions. So when the emperor is kidnapped and the world most beautiful geisha comes to town Fat has to use his brain to get things done.

Writers:  Stephen Chow, Vincent Kok, Edmond Liu Man-Sang

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Set in Imperial China, Stephen Chiau plays Ling Ling Fat, one of the elite Emperor's guards in the Forbidden City. However unlike his colleagues he doesn't know anything about Kung Fu or other martial-arts, but instead uses his time to make futuristic inventions. So when the emperor is kidnapped and the world most beautiful geisha comes to town Fat has to use his brain to get things done.


Collections: Stephen Chow, Vincent Kok

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Country:   Hong Kong
Language:  Cantonese
Release Date:  16 February 1996

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Runtime:  1 h 29 min

The Days Without Lei Feng (1996)

100 min - - 4 March 1996
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Winner of Hundred Flowers Award for Best Film in 1997

Director:  Ning Kang, Xianhe Lei
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Winner of Hundred Flowers Award for Best Film in 1997


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Release Date:  4 March 1996

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Runtime:  1 h 40 min
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Sex and Zen II (1996)

87 min - Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Romance - 9 May 1996
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Sai Moon-Kin is a rich man who idolizes Lawrence Ng's character in the original Sex and Zen, and works hard to please as many women as he possibly can. When marrying off his retarded son, he finds his son's new wife pretty hot, so he takes her for his own, not knowing that she is the evil Mirage Woman, who knows "sucking" magic that's pretty nasty. Tsui's daughter, who dresses like a man and wears chastity belt for the main part of the film, and the righteous Iron Man try to stop Mirage Woman before it's too late, which means that she'll have free rein to "suck" anyone she wishes.

Director:  Chin Man-Kei

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Sai Moon-Kin is a rich man who idolizes Lawrence Ng's character in the original Sex and Zen, and works hard to please as many women as he possibly can. When marrying off his retarded son, he finds his son's new wife pretty hot, so he takes her for his own, not knowing that she is the evil Mirage Woman, who knows "sucking" magic that's pretty nasty. Tsui's daughter, who dresses like a man and wears chastity belt for the main part of the film, and the righteous Iron Man try to stop Mirage Woman before it's too late, which means that she'll have free rein to "suck" anyone she wishes.


Collections: Chin Man-Kei

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Country:   Hong Kong
Language:  Cantonese
Release Date:  9 May 1996

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Production Companies:  Orange Sky Golden Harvest

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Runtime:  1 h 27 min
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Sun Valley (1996)

104 min - - 30 May 1996
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The Avenger, a brooding swordsman armed with a blade marked "Slayer of 1000 Armies" claims he's waiting for a long-missing friend, at an outpost in Northwest China's Sun Valley. The Avenger suffers an intense fear of blood, from being the only survivor of his clan's massacre. The sight of blood propels him into a killing fury. Winter is setting in, so the local horse trader Black Bull, and most of the valley's men, prepare to drive a herd to market, leaving behind Black Bull's girlfriend, a feisty innkeeper.

Director:  Ping He

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The Avenger, a brooding swordsman armed with a blade marked "Slayer of 1000 Armies" claims he's waiting for a long-missing friend, at an outpost in Northwest China's Sun Valley. The Avenger suffers an intense fear of blood, from being the only survivor of his clan's massacre. The sight of blood propels him into a killing fury. Winter is setting in, so the local horse trader Black Bull, and most of the valley's men, prepare to drive a herd to market, leaving behind Black Bull's girlfriend, a feisty innkeeper.


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Language:  普通话
Release Date:  30 May 1996

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Runtime:  1 h 44 min
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Ebola Syndrome (1996)

98 min - Comedy, Horror - 15 June 1996
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Kai San is a sleazy and despicable bastard of the most epic proportions. After being caught screwing the wife of his boss, he goes on a killing spree and flees Hong Kong. 10 years later, Kai finds himself working as a restaurant chef in South Africa. Overworked, underpaid, berated, and extorted by the restaurant owners who know of his fugitive status, Kai is a ticking time bomb...

Director:  Herman Yau
Writers:  Chau Ting

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Kai San is a sleazy and despicable bastard of the most epic proportions. After being caught screwing the wife of his boss, he goes on a killing spree and flees Hong Kong. 10 years later, Kai finds himself working as a restaurant chef in South Africa. Overworked, underpaid, berated, and extorted by the restaurant owners who know of his fugitive status, Kai is a ticking time bomb...


Collections: Herman Yau

Genres: Comedy, Horror

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Country:   Hong Kong
Language:  Cantonese, 普通话
Release Date:  15 June 1996

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Production Companies:  Golden Harvest Productions

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Runtime:  1 h 38 min
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Young and Dangerous 3 (1996)

98 min - Action, Crime, Foreign, Thriller - 29 June 1996
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Chan Ho Nam and Chicken are back again in Young and Dangerous 3, this time taking on the rival "Tung Sing" triad, who is attempting to usurp Hung Hing influence in Hong Kong by having Tung Sing member "Crow" (Roy Cheung) frame Ho Nam for the murder of Hung Hing Chairman Chiang Tin Sang (Simon Yam). On the plus side, Chicken finds a new love interest in Wasabi (Karen Mok), the daughter of the comedic priest, Father "Lethal Weapon" Lam.

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Chan Ho Nam and Chicken are back again in Young and Dangerous 3, this time taking on the rival "Tung Sing" triad, who is attempting to usurp Hung Hing influence in Hong Kong by having Tung Sing member "Crow" (Roy Cheung) frame Ho Nam for the murder of Hung Hing Chairman Chiang Tin Sang (Simon Yam). On the plus side, Chicken finds a new love interest in Wasabi (Karen Mok), the daughter of the comedic priest, Father "Lethal Weapon" Lam.


Collections: Andrew Lau Wai-Keung

Tagline: hong kong triad

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Country:   Hong Kong
Language:  Cantonese
Release Date:  29 June 1996

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Runtime:  1 h 38 min
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Your Black Hair and My Hand (1996)

98 min - - 1 September 1996
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This Hong Kong drama parallels the stories of two young couples, splicing them with dream sequences and a framing story set at a coffee bar where friends have gathered to talk.

Director:  Xin Lee

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This Hong Kong drama parallels the stories of two young couples, splicing them with dream sequences and a framing story set at a coffee bar where friends have gathered to talk.


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Release Date:  1 September 1996

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Runtime:  1 h 38 min
Poster for the movie "Beyond Hypothermia"

Beyond Hypothermia (1996)

90 min - Action, Comedy, Crime - 20 September 1996
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A mysterious and highly successful hitwoman in Hong Kong is paid to assassinate top-level crime bosses. After beginning a relationship with a noodle vendor, she decides to travel to South Korea to complete one last job. Unfortunately, the dead man's bodyguard is out for revenge.

Director:  Patrick Leung

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A mysterious and highly successful hitwoman in Hong Kong is paid to assassinate top-level crime bosses. After beginning a relationship with a noodle vendor, she decides to travel to South Korea to complete one last job. Unfortunately, the dead man's bodyguard is out for revenge.


Collections: Patrick Leung

Genres: Action, Comedy, Crime

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Country:   Hong Kong,   South Korea
Language:  Korean, Cantonese
Release Date:  20 September 1996

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Runtime:  1 h 30 min
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Best of the Best (1996)

107 min - - 27 September 1996
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Tung Tung just graduated from the police academy, encountering a Vietnamnese assassin on his first day on work. Tung in order to break through obstacle in his mind decides to join SDU. Among the teammates, Coolman feels resentment toward Tung, which he doesn't understand. Later he discovers Coolman is actually his step brother. Tung actively tries to get close to Coolman, but is rejected. When training reaches its last stage, Coolman and Tung's team reencounters the Vietnamnese assassin on a deserted island.

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Tung Tung just graduated from the police academy, encountering a Vietnamnese assassin on his first day on work. Tung in order to break through obstacle in his mind decides to join SDU. Among the teammates, Coolman feels resentment toward Tung, which he doesn't understand. Later he discovers Coolman is actually his step brother. Tung actively tries to get close to Coolman, but is rejected. When training reaches its last stage, Coolman and Tung's team reencounters the Vietnamnese assassin on a deserted island.


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Country:   Hong Kong
Language:  Cantonese
Release Date:  27 September 1996

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Runtime:  1 h 47 min
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The Emperor's Shadow (1996)

116 min - Drama, Foreign - 31 October 1996
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Epic drama about China's first emperor (221 BC) who struggles to make his childhood best friend, now China's greatest composer, succumb to his will and compose a grand anthem to his exploits.

Director:  Xiaowen Zhou
Writers:  Lu Wei

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Epic drama about China's first emperor (221 BC) who struggles to make his childhood best friend, now China's greatest composer, succumb to his will and compose a grand anthem to his exploits.


Collections: Xiaowen Zhou

Genres: Drama, Foreign

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Country:   China,   Hong Kong
Language:  普通话
Release Date:  31 October 1996

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Production Companies:  Xi'an Film Studio

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Runtime:  1 h 56 min
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Black Mask (1996)

R 99 min - Action - 7 November 1996
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Chui Chik tries to lead a quiet life as a librarian. However, he is really a former test subject for a highly secretive supersoldier project and the instructor of a special commando unit dubbed "701." The 701 squad is used for many government missions, but after one of the agents kills a team of policemen in an uncontrollable rage, the government decides to abort the project and eliminate all the subjects. Chui Chik helped the surviving 701 agents flee the extermination attempt. Having escaped, Chui Chik went separate ways from his team. Later, he discovers that the rest of the team were responsible for a violent crime spree that was beyond the capability of the local police. He sets out to stop them, donning a disguise and using the superhero alias of "Black Mask". Having lost the ability to feel pain due to the surgery performed on the super-soldiers by the military, Black Mask is almost invulnerable.

Director:  Daniel Lee

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Chui Chik tries to lead a quiet life as a librarian. However, he is really a former test subject for a highly secretive supersoldier project and the instructor of a special commando unit dubbed "701." The 701 squad is used for many government missions, but after one of the agents kills a team of policemen in an uncontrollable rage, the government decides to abort the project and eliminate all the subjects. Chui Chik helped the surviving 701 agents flee the extermination attempt. Having escaped, Chui Chik went separate ways from his team. Later, he discovers that the rest of the team were responsible for a violent crime spree that was beyond the capability of the local police. He sets out to stop them, donning a disguise and using the superhero alias of "Black Mask". Having lost the ability to feel pain due to the surgery performed on the super-soldiers by the military, Black Mask is almost invulnerable.


Collections: Daniel Lee

Genres: Action

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Country:   Hong Kong
Language:  English, Cantonese
Release Date:  7 November 1996

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Production Companies:  Win's Entertainment Ltd., Film Workshop, Distant Horizon

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Runtime:  1 h 39 min

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