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Black Mask

original title: Hak hap

Comparison:

  • Uncut Hong Kong Version
  • Taiwanese Version
Release: Jun 26, 2018 - Author: Muck47 - Translator: Tony Montana - external link: IMDB
Compared are the Uncut Hong Kong Version (Hong Kong Blu-ray by Kam & Ronson) and the Taiwanese Version (Taiwanese DVD by Long Shong) .


- 32 documented alterations
- Length difference: 72 sec (= 1:12 min) [excl. logos]

There are further minor alterations with a length of less than 0.5 seconds each that have not been listed in the following comparison in order to keep it as simple as possible.



In 2008, the hugely altered Export Version of the classic Black Mask starring Jet Li was released (comparison) on Blu-ray for the very first time in the US. In 2011, a Blu-ray based on an HD master of the Uncut Hong Kong Version was released in Hong Kong. In April 2018, a German Blu-ray was released. And in addition to the Export Version and the Uncut Hong Kong Version, there is an "Extended Version" based on the Uncut Hong Kong Version. Last but not least, the German 4-disc set contains a so-called Extended Export Version. Basically, this is the regular Export Version to which the violence from other versions has been added.

The comparison between the Extended Version and the Taiwanese DVD has been available for years (click) but that comparison does not tell the whole story. As often, and this particularly goes for Jet Li movies, the Taiwanese Version is some kind of exclusive Alternate Version. It is pretty close to the more common Original Hong Kong Version and yet there are a few differences. Hong Kong DVDs from before 2008 lack some violence by the way.

Anyway, the following comparison illustrates the almost 1.5 minutes exclusively in the Taiwanese Version resp. missing in the Uncut Hong Kong Version. Unfortunately, the additional footage only consists of SD inserts from the cheap Taiwanese DVD.



Time index refers to
Hong Kong Blu-ray / Taiwanese DVD (in NTSC)
Additional logo at the beginning of the Uncut Hong Kong Version.
Not considered as length difference.

+ 23.1 sec




The info text at the beginning looks entirely different plus there is more text in the Taiwanese Version (about internal bleeding).

Taiwanese Version 4.1 sec longer

Uncut Hong Kong VersionTaiwanese Version




The credits of the producer and the director have been switched. As a result, the credits end with the bigger name - Tsui Hark - in the Taiwanese Version while the Uncut Hong Kong Version lists the director last.

Uncut Hong Kong VersionTaiwanesische DVD




The following 6 added scenes are all part of a bigger sequence completely missing in the Export Version.

07:02 / 06:43-06:48

Subsequent to the nerd comment, the employee says that this was the reason he liked Tsui.

4.8 sec




07:15 / 07:01-07:14

The very same also says Tsui was probably rich. The other employee states he was probably good at all kinds of house work due to his physique.

13.4 sec




07:18 / 07:18-07:20

A first comment about Tsui at the beginning of the shot.

1.8 sec




07:40 / 07:42-07:47

Subsequent to some insignificant minor alteration, there is a little more dialog in the Taiwanese Version.

4.5 sec




07:48 / 07:55-08:03

More dialog during the entire game - Tsui wants to know how much there is to win.
Similar to a scene from the regular versions resp. nothing new here.

8.3 sec




08:21 / 08:36-08:45

The co-workers keep telling Tracy that Tsui is possibly still a virgin because he is incredibly inexperienced.

9.1 sec




The following 2 added scenes are part of a sequence with a length of almost 30 seconds.
Completely missing in the Export Version.

18:29 / 18:54-18:57

Two further shots with a small comment while the bombs are being defused.

2.5 sec




18:30 / 18:58-19:00

A further comment.

2.7 sec




19:04 / 19:34-19:35

The phone conversation with Tsui is slightly longer at the beginning.

0.9 sec


21:15-21:16 / 21:46

The transitional exterior shot is insignificantly shorter in the Taiwanese Version.

+ 0.7 sec



The following 4 scenes are all part of a (who would have thought?) sequence with a length of almost 45 seconds.
Completely missing in the Export Version.

Alternate
23:30-23:35 / 24:01-24:06

Yuek-Lan earlier in the Uncut Hong Kong Version. As compensation, the remaining part of the shot is being played much slower in the Taiwanese Version.

Screenshots only for the Uncut Hong Kong Version, the second screenshot illustrates the slowed down moment.

Taiwanese Version 0.7 sec longer




23:45 / 24:16-24:18

King Kau gets touched longer.

1.9 sec




23:57 / 24:30-24:34

King Kau reaches for the squirt gun and shoots at Yuek-Lan.

4.4 sec




24:01 / 24:38-24:40

King Kau spins.

1.5 sec




The following 2 missing scenes are also listed seperatedly in the comparison between the Export Version and Taiwanese Version resp. the latter simply contains the entire scenes.

24:59 / 25:38-25:49

King Kau and Rock use sign language at first.

10.8 sec




25:10 / 26:00-26:04

After King Kau raises his hand, he saluates.

4.3 sec




Alternate
35:49-36:03 / 36:44-36:52

The Uncut Hong Kong Version contains the explosions on the bridge and Tsui's leap to Yuek-Lan in slow motion. This is not the case in the Taiwanese Version.

Screenshots to illustrate the scene - the Export Version and the Uncut Hong Kong Version are identically equal here.

Uncut Hong Kong Version 6.7 sec longer



In the Uncut Hong Kong Version, the remaining part of the flashback contains some dialog as well (the woman thanks Tsui Chick and he explains he probably could not protect her when push hcame to shove).
Exclusively missing in the Export Version.


36:19-36:22 / 37:07

Subsequent to said flashback, the Uncut Hong Kong Version shows Yuek-Lan tied up one more time.
Exclusively in the Uncut Hong Kong Version resp. also missing in the Export Version.

+ 2.7 sec




38:26-38:39 / 39:11

Yuek-Lan's little chat with Rock is missing in the Taiwanese Version.
Also in the Export Version resp. only missing in the Taiwanese Version.

+ 13.6 sec




53:14-53:15 / 53:46

The Taiwanese Version lacks a further shot of Commander Hang.
Also in the Export Version resp. only missing in the Taiwanese Version.

+ 1.5 sec




60:52-60:53 / 61:24

The Taiwanese Version lacks a close-up of the lighter in Shek's hand who is looking down at the beginning of the subsequent shot.
Exclusively in the Uncut Hong Kong Version resp. also missing in the Export Version.

+ 1 sec




62:13 / 62:44-62:52

Cut in both the Export Version and the Uncut Hong Kong Version resp. an exclusive scene in the Taiwanese Version: After the killer grabs the arms of the two cops, there is a further shot of the arms being painfully twisted and there is a close-up of the killer as well. Several people then show up as backup.

8.3 sec




62:25 / 63:04-63:05

More violence exclusively in the Taiwanese Version: Additional close-up of the killer hitting the guy on the head with the scalpel - blood spatter included.

1.2 sec




62:29 / 63:09-63:18

Once again, more violence exclusively in the Taiwanese Version: Additional shots of the killer under fire and the subsequent shot of the killer starts earlier as well: He gets shot in the head.

8.4 sec




65:27 / 66:16-66:19

Same here: Further shots & two bloody hits.

3 sec




74:09-74:11 / 75:01

The Uncut Hong Kong Version fades to white a little longer.

+ 2 sec




74:35 / 75:25-75:29

At the end of the shot, Tracy walks forward and tries to find something on the shelf.
Also missing in the Export Version resp. exklusively in the Taiwanese Version.

4.4 sec




81:37-81:38 / 82:33

The shot of the sink starts insignificantly earlier in the Uncut Hong Kong Version.

+ 0.7 sec




Alternate
86:31-86:32 / 87:25-87:26

The code on the timer is different.

no difference

Hongkong-Blu-rayTaiwanese Version




Alternate
86:55-86:56 / 87:49-87:51

Ditto.

no difference

Hongkong-Blu-rayTaiwanese Version




Alternate
87:37-87:39 / 88:32-88:34

Ditto.

no difference

Hongkong-Blu-rayTaiwanese Version




The second half of the end credits is a little different.

Hongkong-Blu-rayTaiwanese Version





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