21. TRAPS: To lay or be laid, that is the question.
Based on Shi Yukun’s The Seven Heroes and Five Gallants, this Shaw Brothers movie has the Venom Mob and a house of, well, traps. Not a trap house. That’s different.
Directed by Chang Cheh, this is the last Venom Mob movie. Lo Meng is already gone. Only Kuo Choi and Lu Feng get to fight. It seems odd. But then again, there is the house full of traps, which seems to be the main selling point.
Butterfly Chua (Lu Feng) has taken a priceless jade statue and hidden it inside his — do I have to say the title of this movie again? — which has spikes everywhere, steps that rip off feet, steel nets and archers ready to kill anyone who makes it close to the treasure.
Inspector Yuan (Lung Tien-Hsiang) is the person who will challenge the house, because that jade statue — and the other art treasures hidden within — have some great importance to the government. Both Yuan and Butterfly Chua end up employing entire armies of martial artists ready to kick, punch and brutalize one another.
The good guys are called the Rat Gang, which wouldn’t happen in America. There’s also a killer umbrella and some wild costumes. It doesn’t make a lot of sense, but it doesn’t have to. That’s why I love these movies, I can just put them on and they fill my eyes with so many images, my brain was so many visions and my heart with so much joy.