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House of Traps
     

House of Traps

Director: Chang Cheh, Fei Ai, Ke Chu, Li Wang

Cast: Chang Cheh, Fei Ai, Ke Chu, Li Wang

 
Prolific kung-fu director Chang Cheh takes the helm for this Shaw Brothers production following a team of highly-skilled fighters as they venture into a house designed to trap and destroy anyone who dares enter it. The Deadly Venoms may be capable of defeating any foe who stands in their way, though how will they fare against a series of elaborate, man-made booby

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Prolific kung-fu director Chang Cheh takes the helm for this Shaw Brothers production following a team of highly-skilled fighters as they venture into a house designed to trap and destroy anyone who dares enter it. The Deadly Venoms may be capable of defeating any foe who stands in their way, though how will they fare against a series of elaborate, man-made booby traps designed to dispatch with intruders in the most creative ways imaginable? While the lure of untold riches draws the Deadly Venoms into this mysterious, treasure filled house, it's going to take more than a miracle for them to survive the lethal surprises that await them therein.

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Chang Cheh's late-period films with the "Five Venoms" are often considered to be straightforward fight extravaganzas but House Of Traps offers an interesting variation on that norm. The main reason is the script, a twist and turn-laden affair that plays more like the Gu Long adaptations that director Chor Yuen was doing around the same time. Like those films, the storyline it lays out offers plenty of court intrigue, a large ensemble of characters who sometimes aren't what they seem to be and an array of sudden turnabouts that drive the plot. Cheh rises to the challenge of this tricky narrative by keeping the pacing fast and the fighting brutal: the finished product delivers plenty of eye-catching action setpieces without having to sacrifice the intricacies of its plotting. All the "Venoms" acquit themselves nicely, delivering the right kind of comic-book performances the material needs and making several dazzling, acrobatic displays of martial arts. That said, the big scene-stealer of the film is Kuo Choi, who brings a sly sense of humor to his mystery-man role. Finally, and most importantly, the film's action will keep genre fans pleased: there are plenty of duels to the death with exotic weapons and the title house is tricked out with all sorts of lethal killing devices that remind one of the villains' lairs in James Bond movies. In short, House Of Traps is a keeper for martial arts film fans and colorful enough that novices might enjoy it, too.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/09/2008
UPC:
0014381462623
Original Release:
1982
Rating:
NR
Source:
Image Entertainment
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:35:00
Sales rank:
17,337

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Disc #1 -- House of Traps
1. Introduction; Main Title [3:22]
2. A Gift and a Pledge of Loyalty [7:22]
3. Into the Palace [5:45]
4. Nothing But the Best [6:18]
5. A Brotherly Bond [8:52]
6. The Splendid Thief [12:28]
7. Traps [22:39]
8. A Treasonous Plot [15:38]
9. Opening the Cage [9:59]
10. The List [2:32]

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