6.5/10
204
7 user 2 critic

House of Traps (1982)

Chong xiao lou (original title)

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Reviews
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A young martial artist seeks revenge on the Ninja who kills his martial arts brothers and teacher. He finds help in the form of a new teacher (who knows Ninjitsu) and new brothers. Together... See full summary »

Director: Cheh Chang
Stars: Tien-Chi Cheng, Tien Hsiang Lung, Meng Lo
Can que (1978)
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Three men, crippled by an evil warlord, become friends and learn kung fu with the help of an old teacher and his idiot pupil.

Director: Cheh Chang
Stars: Kuan-Tai Chan, Feng Lu, Phillip Chung-Fung Kwok
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A couple unite - she is fluent in the crane style of kung fu, he in tiger style. They have a son, but the boy's father is killed by the evil eunuch Bai Mei. Disguised as a girl, his mom ... See full summary »

Director: Chia-Liang Liu
Stars: Kuan Tai Chen, Lieh Lo, Yue Wong
Biography | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

This biography of the famous Lakota Sioux war chief is told entirely from the Indian viewpoint.

Director: George Sherman
Stars: Victor Mature, Suzan Ball, John Lund
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A band of killers from an ailing kung fu and magic society are sent on a manhunt for a former member of the society, whose bad mouthing threatens it's existence.

Director: Chia-Liang Liu
Stars: Chia-Liang Liu, Chia Yung Liu, Kara Hui
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

The monk Hung Wen-Ting fights against the evil priest White Lotus.

Director: Lieh Lo
Stars: Chia-Hui Liu, Lieh Lo, Lung Wei Wang
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Director Chang Cheh reunites the Five Venoms in his second biggest cult hit in the West. It's Lo Meng's most memorable performances whose showdown with fellow Venom Kuo Chue is artistically violent while being graphically artsy.

Director: Cheh Chang
Stars: Chien Sun, Meng Lo, Feng Lu
Cha shou (1981)
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Philip Kwok (Lizard venom) plays a repentant killer who vows to destroy the masked gang of which he was a member. A young fighter and his martial arts brothers (incl Chiang Sheng, venom ... See full summary »

Director: Cheh Chang
Stars: Phillip Chung-Fung Kwok, Siu-Ho Chin, Sheng Chiang
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

The film narrates the story of Irina and Peter, a couple who lost their young child in an accident. The couple moves to Moldova and adopts Pavalas, a child that reminds them of their late son.

Director: Adrian Popovici
Stars: Jhoni Alici, Lilia Bejan, Ion Beregoi
Lady Cocoa (1975)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

Foxy Lady Cocoa is out to take down her mobster boyfriend.

Director: Matt Cimber
Stars: Lola Falana, Gene Washington, Alex Dreier
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

The movie involves two stories concerning the original Ten Tigers and their future disciples.

Director: Cheh Chang
Stars: Lung Ti, Sheng Fu, Phillip Chung-Fung Kwok
Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A dying teacher instructs his final student to check on the activities of five former pupils, each of whom he taught a unique and special style of kung-fu to: The Centipede, Snake, Scorpion... See full summary »

Director: Cheh Chang
Stars: Sheng Chiang, Chien Sun, Phillip Chung-Fung Kwok
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Feng Lu ...
Hua Chong - the Butterfly
Li Wang ...
Deng Che
Tien Hsiang Lung ...
Shen Zhong Yuan
Chien Sun ...
Yan Chun Min
...
Bai Yu Tang - the Rat
Phillip Chung-Fung Kwok ...
Zhi Hua - the Black Fox (as Kuo Chui)
Ke Chu ...
Lu Fang - the Sky Rat
Sheng Chiang ...
Jiang Ping - the River Rat
Tien-Chi Cheng ...
Xu Qing - the Mountain Rat
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Fei Ai ...
Prince of Xiang Yang
Hsi Chang
Lien-Ping Chang
Hung Chen
Te-kai Chen
Bing-Chuen Cheung
Edit

Storyline

Add Full Plot | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Action | Adventure

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

9 January 1982 (Hong Kong)  »

Also Known As:

House of Traps  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Chang Cheh's final OFFICIAL Venom movie
10 September 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In an effort to usurp the throne away from his Uncle, a villainous nephew conspires against him. A list of all those loyal to the nephew is compiled and placed inside a deathtrap filled pagoda for safe keeping. To pledge their loyalty to the cause, several national treasures are robbed by various thieves and placed in the House of Traps. A judge is sent out to investigate the nephew. Along the way, he is attacked by assassins to prevent the truth from being revealed. A handful of heroic secret avengers eventually join the fight to eliminate the villains and reclaim the stolen goods from the House of Traps.

The final official Venom movie is a fun and often times bloody adventure. At this point in Chang's career he was apparently having a ball directing these comic book styled movies filled with elaborate weaponry and creative, gory scenes of violence. It's a shame the HK movie-going public didn't feel the same way. It was also apparent with Chang's succeeding films, the budgets were getting smaller with the ambitiousness of these later films hampered by the dwindling funds Shaw's were allotting him.

The film is still a lot of fun. The centerpiece is the House of Traps itself with its many deadly snares. With each time someone dares to tread inside, more of the house's dangers are revealed. Also of note are the many intricate and wild weaponry on display. One of the best is an Umbrella that masquerades as a large drill and a claw-like weapon that conceals a cord that enables a man to move from one rooftop to the next. Also the costumes do not adhere to any known style of clothing from the time period. Chang once said reality did not interest him and this is most obvious in these later films from 1978 thru 1982.

Sadly, with this being the final Venom film to feature the bulk of the original actors, the combatants don't get to intermingle very often. Only two, Kuo Chui as the Black Fox and Lu Feng as Butterfly Hua get to mix it up a bit. The two of them both play thieves who constantly try to one up the other to show their loyalty to the young usurper. Chui steals the show as the smart ass Black Fox and may or not be a secret agent also sent to look into the actions of the nephew.

Wang Li, one of the 'Baby Venoms' as called by fans, doesn't get to show off his skills until the finale and the kicker of the Venoms, Sun Chien doesn't fight at all instead he plays the judge that is masquerading as a scholar investigating the case. Lung Tien Sheng who impressed as the Spearman in FLAG OF IRON (1980) doesn't get to do much till the end. Chu Ko, Chiang Sheng, Cheng Tien Chi, Chin Su Ho and Yu Tai Peng play the Five Rats who enter the film as undercover heroes. While there is action throughout, the bulk of it doesn't come until the finale.

This film was very rare as the only way to see it until now was a tattered fullscreen tape with English subs that were barely legible. The new remastered DVD of course, looks great. An enjoyable film with an interesting premise, exotic weapons, the usual great fights and a nice smattering of gore.


1 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss House of Traps (1982) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?