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49 Ratings

Trap Street

Shuiyin Jie

Directed by Vivian Qu
China, 2013


Li Qiuming is a young trainee at a digital mapping company. His job is to survey the street of an ever changing city and keep the mapping system up to date. He is upbeat and energetic, and the only trouble in his life seems to be his conservative, hard-to-please father.

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Trap Street Directed by Vivian Qu

Critics reviews

[Trap Street] opens unpromisingly with lurching tone and broad acting, but flips midway when its protagonist accidentally stumbles on a secret government facility.
March 24, 2014
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Trap Street ends on a pleasingly ambiguous note (with a wonderful final shot), setting in relief the film’s early, modest moments while bolstering intrigue on the viewer’s part of something potentially overlooked along the way.
March 19, 2014
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…Through such subtle means, Qu is able to infuse the early stretches of the film with a palpable unease, a sense that something is amiss underneath it all… For all the slow-burn tension the film expertly generates, Trap Street isn’t able to entirely transcend its derivative origins and thus escape a suspicion that its power is, to some extent, borrowed from off-the-shelf parts of previous, better films.
March 17, 2014
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