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House of Traps (1982)

Chong xiao lou (original title)
A team of skilled fighters navigate a house rigged with an array of ingenious and deadly traps.

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Credited cast:
Feng Lu ...
Hua Chong - the Butterfly
Li Wang ...
Deng Che
Tien Hsiang Lung ...
Shen Zhong Yuan
Chien Sun ...
Yan Chun Min
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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
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A team of skilled fighters navigate a house rigged with an array of ingenious and deadly traps.

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Last gasp for the Venoms mob
12 September 2016 | by See all my reviews

HOUSE OF TRAPS is a typically flamboyant early 1980s outing for the Shaw Brothers studio. It marks the final outing for the popular Venoms mob, who had so memorably appeared in THE FIVE DEADLY VENOMS and so many films after that. This time around they're involved in a tightly plotted mystery thriller which doesn't skimp on the martial arts action, which is inventively gory and remains a highlight as always.

I found HOUSE OF TRAPS to be a slightly lesser work due to the plot being a little convoluted and confusing, particularly in the first half. It all works out well in the second but until then I was scratching my head a few times. It's one of those films where every character seems to have an ulterior motive or hidden agenda so you're never quite sure where the loyalties lie. The titular location hangs heavily over the production and is an impressive design, a little like those booby-trapped temples that Joseph Kuo always had in his movies. I was a bit disappointed that the traps are limited to a single room but the set design is very inventive and heavily stylised.

There's not a wealth of action in this film but that doesn't really matter when the costumes, props, and set dressing are all so beautiful to look at. The actors inhabit the roles well and as always they excel in the fight scenes, which are the more dramatic for being kept relatively brief. As is usual, the large-scale climax never fails to disappoint.


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