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

A short action film interwoven into a documentary tells the story of the legendary unsung heroes of Hong Kong film, the stuntmen and women. This film features the world's most illustrious ... See full summary »



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Credited cast:
Evan / Narrator / Himself
Beatrice Chia ...
Kermuran (as Keith Cooke Hirabayashi)
Hakim Alston ...
Craig Reid ...
Jia Fei (as Craig D. Reid)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Buffulo ...
Computer virus thug / Zu's zombie fighter
Mindy Dhanjal ...
Zu Yao Her
Duck ...
Forest Devil / Himself
Kok Siu Hang ...
Flying machine body guard / forest devil / himself
Lueng Shing Hung ...
Zu's Zombie Fighter
Himself (as Sammo Hung)
Kam Loi Kwan ...
Flying machine body guard / computer virus thug / forest devil / zu's zombie fighter / himself
Mike Leeder ...
Mr. Goa
Chi Ming Leung ...
Forest Devil


A short action film interwoven into a documentary tells the story of the legendary unsung heroes of Hong Kong film, the stuntmen and women. This film features the world's most illustrious stuntmen, and many current working stuntmen, profiled through interviews and clips that showcase their work. It explores their death-defying feats and foolhardy working methods and traces their origin back to the original Hong Kong stuntmen known as "red trousers" - a term used to describe acrobats in Peking Opera. By incorporating the martial arts, fantasy, adventure short action film, "Lost Time," the viewer is given an actual account of how stunts are created and executed on film. Written by Kelly

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Rated R for language and violent images | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

August 2006 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Hong ku zi  »

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The scenes of Robin Shou being "interviewed" were shot by Shou, by himself. Shou set up the camera outdoors and filmed himself as though he were responding to a prompter's questions, choosing to do so without a partner because he knew exactly what he wanted to say. According to him, Hong Kong citizens passing by on the street stared perplexedly at the man speaking English to thin air. See more »


Edited from Lost Time: The Movie (2003) See more »

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Tarantino, you can thank these guys
13 April 2004 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

Red Trousers ROCKS! This documentary by Robin Shou and Tai Seng's maiden voyage into production is totally absorbing, shocking, and suprisingly funny. The entire length of the film is filled with "ohhs and ewws and ahhhs" from the audience. It's a real tribute to the guys who think wearing padding for a stunt means "you ain't got no balls". Hollywood stunts and all their special effects are childs play compared to what they do in Hong Kong. Also, the interviews of stunt vets such as Sammo Hung, Ridley Tsui and the children at the Peking art schools are so touching and shows what these people have sacrificed in the name of their art. The short film within is to facilitate examples within the documentary...very effective so don't try to follow the story too much. Just watch short movie within and remember how it was crafted. These men were definitely born with an extra alpha gene. One stuntman said "The first thing I think when I walk into any building in that I'm going to have to jump out of it". Another stuntman was tricked into falling onto a cement floor instead of a mattress for a more realistic reaction. Go check this film out if you can it's so worth it. Unfortunately it's only playing for 1 day in New York but it's showing around the country and I bet the DVD will be out soon.

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