Red Trousers
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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 24%

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"Fills you with a healthy respect for the men and women gladly risking their lives for your entertainment."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"Feels more like a 'making-of' piece or vanity project for actor and first-time director Robin Shou ... than a tight, thorough documentary."
‑ Ellen Fox, Chicago Tribune
"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."
‑ Ryan Cracknell, Movie Views
"For a movie about physical dexterity, this is clumsy stuff. It's like three movies fighting for one screen."
‑ Paul Sherman, Boston Herald
"Promises a glimpse into a world that few have yet been able to explore, but fails to deliver on much more than the basest levels of entertainment."
‑ Todd Gilchrist,
"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."
‑ Mark Jenkins, Washington Post
"An often intriguing documentary, albeit one with wires attached."
‑ Michael Rechtshaffen, Hollywood Reporter
"The documentary's few stunt sequences, both successful and failed, carry more weight than anything else."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"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."
‑ Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle
"A loving tribute to Hong Kong stuntmen by one of their own."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"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."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"The great documentary about Hong Kong stuntmen, and their relationship to the Beijing Opera, still needs to be made."
‑ Erik Lundegaard, Seattle Times
"There's plenty of material for a great movie in the lives and work of the stuntmen and women in Hong Kong's thriving action film industry. Unfortunately, this isn't that movie."
‑ Nestor Ramos, Oregonian
"Fitfully interesting."
‑ Jeffrey Westhoff, Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
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