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

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: April 5, 2003
DVD Release Date: March 15, 2005
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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.

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Ellen Fox
Chicago Tribune

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

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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.

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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.

Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter

An often intriguing documentary, albeit one with wires attached.

Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

The documentary's few stunt sequences, both successful and failed, carry more weight than anything else.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

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Erik Lundegaard
Seattle Times

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

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Nestor Ramos

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.

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