Beautifully photographed and well-written.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
A masterpiece that pinpoints the sublime in Fuller's sensationalism and earns every inch of its widescreen real estate.
| Original Score: 5/5
Novelty of scene and a warm, believable performance by Japanese star Shirley Yamaguchi are two of the better values in the production.
A lean, hard-boiled, sharp detective thriller with just a light touch of Madame Butterfly.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
House of Bamboo offers all Fuller's key themes and motifs in a characteristic thriller form: dual identities, divided loyalties, racial tensions, life (and cinema) as war.
Fuller's masterful use of natural locations within the Cinemascope frame drives the film, especially the climactic shoot-out on a giant, spinning globe at a carnival.
...the positives here outweigh the negatives...
| Original Score: 2.5/4
House of Bamboo has some of the most stunning examples of widescreen photography in the history of cinema.
| Original Score: 3/5
An underrated crime drama, House Of Bamboo might not be the sum of its parts, but there's still a lot to like about it, not least Fuller's unsentimental approach to the subject matter.
One of Samuel Fuller's best, a tough, sometimes nasty, but always exciting 1955 effort in 'Scope and color that unites three of his favorite topics: military comradeship, the underworld, and the Far East.
Fuller, as always, is resourceful and fresh.
| Original Score: B
The limits of the lengths to which dazzling camerawork and curled-lip noir bravado can make up for thoroughly ham-fisted dialogue are tested in Sam Fuller's gangster picture
| Original Score: 2.5/5