K-20: The Legend of the Black Mask
- Miles Fielder
- 2 February 2011
Japanese take on vintage crime-fighter serials boasts evocative steampunk setting
Forget about the duff Green Hornet, this Japanese take on vintage crime-fighter serials – The Shadow, The Rocketeer, The Phantom et al – is far more entertaining. The year is 1949, but it’s an alternate reality in which WWII never happened and Japan is still imperial, and capital city Teito is being terrorised by the titular thief and master of disguise.
K-20 might not be particularly original, but it boasts a richly evocative steampunk setting, special effects in line with Hollywood comic book adaptations and action sequences on a par with the best Asian martial arthouse films. No extras.