Masked Prosecutor (1999) Herman Yau vigilante thriller
original Hong Kong/Chinese title YE CHA
directed by: Herman Yau
starring: Louis Koo · Jordan Chan · Grace Yip · Jessica Hsuan · Blackie
Shou Liang Ko · Meng Lo
are after a ruthless vigilante who kidnaps and tortures criminals that
have evaded the law. This vigilante wears a Chinese-style mask [see pic
below] and a full leather trench coat, and seems to possess supernatural
powers. Once he discovers that a bad guy has beat the system, the masked
man captures him (or her), inflicts a torturous whipping and eventually
dumps them from his car while passing a police station. The 'victim' is
then very willing to see the police and admit guilt.
as a precursor to his CHAOS
in 2006, this is yet another good looking production from Herman Yau.
Mr Yau is best known for UNTOLD
STORY and EBOLA
SYNDROME. But his filmography contains a wide variety of projects
that range from classy to exploitation. His production company, Nam Yin,
is one of the remaining few that still operates in Hong Kong after the
great studio migration to Beijing in the late '90s, For an exclusive interview
with Mr Lau, check out Asian
Cult Cinema magazine, Issue #35.
Shou Liang Ko was a Taiwanese actor/stuntman known as the Evel Knievel
of Asia. He jumped the Great Wall of China on a motorcycle and the
Yellow River in a car. Mr Ko dabbled in many careers from a professional
singer to host of a fishing show on Hong Kong TV. As an actor he was featured
in 175 movies between 1972-2002. His final film is BLACK
MASK 2. Blackie Shou Liang Ko died from blood poisoning at age
50 in December 2002.
Hong Kong film with optional ON/OFF English subtitles; Uncut (94
in DVD format, encoded for ALL REGION, playable on any American DVD machine.
Extras include selected theatrical trailers.
For Mature Audiences