April 17, 2022 (NYC)- Kung Fu Stuntmen: Never Say No! is a 2022 documentary taking a look at the history, struggles, and lives of some of the most famous Hong Kong action actors in the entertainment business. It is an enlightening, behind the scenes look at some of the most interesting and exciting action movies to come out of the Far East; all from the vantage point of the stunt performers.
The film interviews some of these great and, somewhat unknown, action stars as well as the great Sammo Hung, who elevated stunt performing to a respected art form around the world.
The film is packed with film clips from the history of Hong Kong Cinema and shares the secrets and the danger behind so many of the breathtaking and exciting scenes from historic martial arts films. This film highlights how, in a world where the restrictions on performers were not existent and neither was CGI, these performers, literally, risked their health and their lives to elevated entertainment for the martial arts audience.
There is a sadness to the film as we see that these men and women didn’t do this amazing work for money, but for the love of the art. As the industry changed and many got older they struggled financially and physically due to all they sacrificed for a film industry that has never given them the recognition they truly deserve.
This film is distributed by Well Go USA and premiered on the Hi-YAH television network.
This is an enjoyable and important film and one that martial arts movie buffs won’t want to miss.
The film is not in English. It is subtitled.