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 »
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
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 »
Caught this film at a film festival and was greatly impressed. I wasn't expecting much, but I was treated to an in-depth and interesting look of the lives Hong Kong stunt men. I didn't realize I could learn so much more about them.
I didn't care too much for the movie within the movie as a movie itself, but I appreciated it for the way it showcased the stunts being set up in the documentary portion of the film. By the end of the it you're left to wonder just how more stunt men aren't killed. Of course, it's their skill and training to fall without being hurt. Mortally, that is.
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