House of Bamboo

1955, Drama/Crime, 1h 42m

20 Reviews 1,000+ Ratings

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In post-World War II Tokyo, Eddie Kenner (Robert Stack) is on a U.S. Army special assignment to investigate a murderous clique led by ex-soldier Sandy Dawson (Robert Ryan). Kenner ingratiates himself with Dawson and his inner circle, gaining their trust while starting a relationship with Mariko (Shirley Yamaguchi), the wife of a murdered gang member. But the sinister Dawson suspects there's a traitor among them when the police are tipped off about a planned robbery.

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  • Jan 21, 2011
    January has been the month of House movies. That is watching movies with house in the title. This one filmed in 1954 in Japan a time when the United States had very little culture influence on that country and this film shows the old beauty of Japan. Loaded with a host of stars. Its about a Gang of crooks from the US robbing different places in Japan, and during which a army soldier is killed and the army sends an undercover man in to bust the gang. Its a great story with great color. 4 1/2 stars, they just don't make films like this anymore.
    Bruce B Super Reviewer
  • Oct 05, 2010
    A commercial picture directed by Sam Fuller. "House of Bamboo" reminds me a bit of "The Departed" but on a lighter scale(probably for commercial reasons). I admire the locations, Robert Stack as the undercover agent, Shirley Yamaguchi as the "Kimono girl" and Robert Ryan as the gangster kingpin. Fuller is quite good with camera movement, the use of unexpected violence, and even taboo themes that deals with interracial. What did bother me was the visual idea of shooting on Cinemascope(for 3D effects), also felt the characters aren't really flushed out as they should have been, and the picture's climax also let me down. There should have been a better way to end the picture instead of using cheap violence.
    Brian R Super Reviewer
  • Jan 25, 2009
    This could have been a credible film noir piece were it not for the inept dialog, the brightly lit sets and the insistence that Japanese people are merely movie props to be placed here and there throughout the film like houseplants.
    Randy T Super Reviewer
  • Nov 02, 2006
    Even though the director is amazing, this movie could double for a torture device were it not for the beautiful Japanese setting.
    Michael G Super Reviewer

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