Red Trousers: The Life of the Hong Kong Stuntmen (2003)

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This documentary from Robin Shou -- who also hosts and participates in the film -- takes a behind-the-scenes glance inside the stunt industry of Hong Kong, which is known for being riskier and less trick-oriented than its American counterpart. In addition to archival and interview footage featuring some of the industry's most prominent stuntmen, Red Trousers: The Life of Hong Kong Stuntmen incorporates scenes from Lost Time (2001) in an effort to illustrate how stuntmen prepare for and ultimately perform in modern martial arts films. The cast includes Beatrice Chia, Hakim Alston, Sammo Hung, Lau Kar-Leung, Mindy Dhanjal, Jack Wong, Wang Hua, and Ridley Tsui.

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Critic Reviews for Red Trousers: The Life of the Hong Kong Stuntmen

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Fills you with a healthy respect for the men and women gladly risking their lives for your entertainment.

Apr 23, 2004 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Rather than the That's Entertainment of jumps, falls and back flips, actor-director Robin Shou's tribute to his former profession is half-baked and a little self-serving.

Apr 2, 2004

It jumps from one subject to another, it provides little historical context, it shows a lot of stunts being prepared and executed but refuses to ask the obvious questions in our minds.

Apr 2, 2004 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Feels more like a 'making-of' piece or vanity project for actor and first-time director Robin Shou ... than a tight, thorough documentary.

Apr 1, 2004 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

An often intriguing documentary, albeit one with wires attached.

Mar 6, 2004

The great documentary about Hong Kong stuntmen, and their relationship to the Beijing Opera, still needs to be made.

Mar 5, 2004 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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