K-20: Legend of the Mask

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Legend of the Mask
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Official Japanese film poster
Directed by Shimako Satō
Produced by Shūji Abe
Seiji Okuda
Screenplay by Shimako Satō
Based on Kaijin Nijū Mensō Den and Kaijin Nijū Mensō Den: Seidō no Majin
by Sō Kitamura
Starring Takeshi Kaneshiro
Takako Matsu
Tōru Nakamura
Music by Naoki Satō
Cinematography Kōzō Shibazaki
Edited by Ryūji Miyajima
Distributed by Toho
Release date
  • December 20, 2008 (2008-12-20)
Running time
137 minutes[1]
Country Japan
Language Japanese
Box office $21,443,265[2]

K-20: Legend of the Mask (K-20 怪人二十面相・伝?, Kē-Tuentī: Kaijin Nijū Mensō Den, literally "Legend of the Twenty-Faced Mysterious Person") at film festivals, The Fiend with Twenty Faces on home video in the United States and The Legend of the Black Mask in the United Kingdom) is a 2008 Japanese action film written and directed by Shimako Satō and based on a novel by Sō Kitamura and its sequel. The film released worldwide on December 20, 2008. Takeshi Kaneshiro and Takako Matsu portray a fictional roles in the film. Tōru Nakamura and Kanata Hongo also starred in the film, just as Takeshi Kaga, Fumiyo Kohinata, Reiko Takashima, Toru Masuoka and Yuki Imai.


The story takes place in an alternate history in 1948–49, in an imaginary alternative Tokyo which has taken a different history and in which World War II never happened. In this fictional capital Teito, aristocrats continue to thrive as they have since the 19th century. There is a wide gap between rich and the poor with aristocrats owning 90% of the wealth. The right-wing military industrial complex have in fact developed a Tesla-style energy beam with the ability to cause Tunguska-style devastation. However, in the city there are rumors about a mysterious thief, who only steals from the rich, a part Robin Hood, part Spider-Man, part the Shadow character with magical powers, Nicknamed K-20 (short for "Kaijin Nijū-Mensō" - the Phantom Thief with 20 faces.

Endo Heikichi (Kaneshiro Takeshi) is a circus acrobat. One day, he is deceived by a mysterious old man, and arrested as K-20. In fact the old man turns out to be K-20 himself. Heikichi escapes from jail, and decides to hunt down the real K-20 to prove his innocence.

Meanwhile, K-20 sets his eyes on a rich lady, Hashiba Yoko (Matsu Takako), whose fiancé is Akechi Kogoro (Nakamura Toru), who is a famous detective and once arrested Heikichi. Heikichi happens to help Yoko, who is chased by K-20. He somehow convinces Yoko and Kogoro that he is not the real K-20. He begins to fight against K-20 with Yoko and Kogoro, with his courageousness and incredible physical dexterity.



Although a Japanese film, the final credits roll to the sound of "The Shock of the Lightning" by British band Oasis.



  1. ^ "Kē-Tuentī: Kaijin Nijū Mensō Den". allcinema (in Japanese). Stingray. Retrieved 27 November 2010. 
  2. ^ http://boxofficemojo.com/movies/intl/?page=&id=_fK201

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