Shadow Mask
Hong Kong 2001
Directed by Lam Chun-kit.


I was fully expecting to enjoy this low budget action fest. Cheng Pei-Pei is the villainous Red Goddess, sprung from jail by her gang, and intent on revenge for the man who put her there, Shadow Mask. Only thing is, that Shadow Mask died a while back, and a NEW Shadow Mask (direct to video action star Fan Siu-Wong) is getting trained to replace him. She decides to revenge on him anyway. Why not?

The Red Goddess also decides, in a plan worthy of Dr. Evil, to kidnap a scientist who has discovered a cure for BSE (Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy, i.e., Mad Cow's disease), and try to ransom her to the EU for some quick cash. Of course the scientist is a beautiful girl, who falls for Shadow Mask. Red Goddess surrounds herself with other colorful villains, one going for a Tommy Lee Jones look, another Uma Thurman, they look all set to re-enact BATMAN 3, but the fights that finally occur end up crushingly dull. Red Goddess just ends up controlling people's minds alot, and when she does, they inexplicably start to wear a brightly colored wig. Unintentionally funny dialog and incongruous images make the film fun to watch in an MST3K sort of way. Lots of could've beens add up to one big isn't.

Rating: Not Recommended (Not Recommended)

Posted by Peter Nepstad on May 14, 2004.


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