Red Trousers: The Life of the Hong Kong Stuntmen Image

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  • Summary: In this dazzling combination of documentary and short film, the death-defying feats performed by the world's greatest stuntmen are profiled through interviews and clips that showcase their work. (Tai Seng Media)


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  1. Positive: 4 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. So engaging and illuminating that it is enjoyable even for those unfamiliar with one of cinema's most dynamic forms.
  2. An often intriguing documentary, albeit one with wires attached.
  3. A loving tribute to Hong Kong stuntmen by one of their own, the directorial debut of stuntman-turned-actor Robin Shou ("Mortal Kombat") is a wince-inducing behind-the-scenes look at the way contemporary Hong Kong action cinema is created.
  4. 50
    As its awkward subtitle suggests, the execution is more than a little sloppy.
  5. 50
    Brave, gifted, haunted and poor, these kids are so heartbreaking that you wish Shou had the good sense to give their lives the attention he lavishes on himself.
  6. Offers a lively but jumbled insider's view of a world of great talent and greater risk.
  7. 30
    For a quicker and more startling survey of Hong Kong stunts gone wrong, just check out the blooper clips that conclude any '80s Chan flick.

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