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      Red Trousers: The Life of the Hong Kong Stuntmen

      Released Apr 5, 2003 1h 33m Documentary List
      24% Tomatometer 17 Reviews 33% Audience Score 500+ Ratings Interview and film clips showcase the work of Hong Kong stunt people. Read More Read Less

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      Wesley Morris Boston Globe Fills you with a healthy respect for the men and women gladly risking their lives for your entertainment. Rated: 2.5/4 Apr 23, 2004 Full Review Marc Savlov Austin Chronicle Instead of tackling the whole stunt issue head-on, Shou uses his first directorial effort, Lost Time: The Movie, as a definition-by-example that too frequently draws the viewer out of the far more fascinating historical context. Rated: 2.5/5 Apr 17, 2004 Full Review Mark Jenkins Washington Post 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 Full Review Keith H. Brown Eye for Film Rated: 2/5 Dec 7, 2007 Full Review Ryan Cracknell Movie Views Red Trousers pays tribute to one country's stuntmen. At the same time it's a personal tribute as Shou uses the film as a platform to showcase his own work. Mar 26, 2005 Full Review Jeffrey M. Anderson Combustible Celluloid The documentary's few stunt sequences, both successful and failed, carry more weight than anything else. Rated: 2.5/5 Apr 30, 2004 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member A vanity project for writer/star Shou...seems like half the movie is about his film LOST TIME, featuring many clips of non-action sequences. There is discussion of the Beijing Opera School (see PAINTED FACES!!!), a nice interview with Sammo Hung but hardly any clips other than from LOST TIME nor interviews with Jackie Chan, Donnie Yen, Yuen Woo-Ping, Yuen Biao, Ching Siu-Tung or other legends of the business. Bit of a yawn. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/23/23 Full Review Audience Member Informative low-budget doc. I would like to see one about Thailand and Indonesia. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Audience Member "The Life of the Hong Kong Stuntmen" - this interesting documentary looks at the people behind the scenes responsible for making Hong Kong films what they are today. Some interesting insights which you may already know if you've seen any of the Jackie Chan documentaries but informative nonetheless. This film mixes documentary with a cheesy action film at the same time, showing how they're filming a stunt and then the actual movie itself. I enjoyed the interviews with the actual stuntmen showing their challenges in life, as well as former stuntmen such as the great Sammo Hung himself. Recommended viewing for anyone really interested in the Hong Kong film industry but not for everyone by a long shot. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/12/23 Full Review Audience Member this is the cool one for HK stunt films^^ Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/26/23 Full Review Audience Member This film/documentary tells of the work of the Hong Kong stuntmen. The comments from the children studying the art are really touching. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/12/23 Full Review Audience Member Cold Mountain - It's a well made film with good acting and cinematography. It's not my type of movie, but since it was nominated for a bunch of Academy Awards and did nearly $100M at the box office, I wanted to see it. It's a love story set during the Civil War. Jude Law plays a Confederate deserter who must travel through a long distance to return to his love (played by Nicole Kidman) while being persued by Confederate soldiers. Because he's Jude Law, he has to push away advances from various hotties (including Natalie Portman) during his journey. What's interesting and great is the way the love story is told so convincingly despite Jude Law's character being is a man of few words. Renee Zellweger's character also brought some fun to the straight-forward love story. Red Trousers - Robin Shou's documentary about Hong Kong stuntmen is kinda interesting - although a lot of the stuff seem like something I've already seen or heard from other documentaries on Hong Kong films. The film within the documentary is also really, really bad; the fight choreography is not bad tho. I'm glad it's only used to illustrate the stunts. Still, it kinda feels like the documentary is an after-thought - as if he realized how incredibly bad his film was during shooting so he just kept the behind the scene stuff, added some interviews with a couple high profile stuntmen (Sammo, the Leung family), and turned it into a documentary. Jackie Chan: My Stunts - Since I reviewed Red Trousers, I might as well review this documentary on the stuntwork on Jackie's films as a comparison. I saw this several years ago. It's simply the best documentary ever made about Hong Kong stuntwork and fight choreography. It's as if you have Jackie Chan, the man responsible for changing the way Hong Kong action films were made, unveiling the magic behind his films. Oh wait, that is Jackie Chan! He not only shows you how some of the stunts in his films were done, but he also shows you how it was edited and where the camera was placed. With Jackie, you get it from different perspectives - as stuntman, director, and editor. As far as documentaries go, this is one of the greats. It's too bad Documentaries weren't that popular then, because this would have scored really well with critics - even though the appeal may not be too wide. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/10/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Movie Info

      Synopsis Interview and film clips showcase the work of Hong Kong stunt people.
      Robin Shou
      Robin Shou
      Production Co
      Tai Seng Entertainment
      Original Language
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Apr 5, 2003, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Apr 17, 2020
      1h 33m