House of Bamboo (1955)



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This well-photographed crime drama was filmed in post-WWII Japan and tells the tale of an American military agent who attempts to bust up a corrupt group of Yankee soldiers who have formed a mini-syndicate to operate a string of crooked pachinko palaces.
Classics , Drama
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20th Century Fox Film Corporation


Robert Stack
as Eddie Kenner aka Spanier
Robert Ryan
as Sandy Dawson
Samuel Fuller
as Policeman
Sessue Hayakawa
as Inspector Kito
Brad Dexter
as Capt. Hanson
John Doucette
as Skipper
Teru Shimada
as Nagaya
Biff Elliot
as Webber
Barry Coe
as Hanson's Deputy
Reiko Sato
as Charlie's Girl
Robert Kino
as Policeman
Neyle Morrow
as Army Corporal
Elko Hanabusa
as Japanese Screaming Woman
Rollin Moriyama
as Pearl Man
May Takasugi
as Bath Attendant
Robert Okazaki
as Mr. Hommaru
Peter Gray
as Willy
as Pachinko Manager
Robert Hosai
as Doctor
Jack Maeshiro
as Bartender
Frank Kwanaga
as File Clerk
Sandy 'Chikaye' Azeka
as Charlie's Girl at Party
Frank Jumagai
as Pachinko Manager
Harris Matsushige
as Office Clerk
Kinuko Ann Ito
as Servant
Barbara Uchiyamada
as Japanese Girl
Reiko Hayakawa
as Mariko's Girl Friend
Sandy Ozeka
as Sandy's `Kimono Girl'
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Critic Reviews for House of Bamboo

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (5)

A masterpiece that pinpoints the sublime in Fuller's sensationalism and earns every inch of its widescreen real estate.

Full Review… | August 23, 2011
Time Out
Top Critic

Novelty of scene and a warm, believable performance by Japanese star Shirley Yamaguchi are two of the better values in the production.

Full Review… | March 25, 2009
Top Critic

A lean, hard-boiled, sharp detective thriller with just a light touch of Madame Butterfly.

Full Review… | March 24, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | February 8, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | May 14, 2003
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

The main storyline isn't nearly as interesting as the multiple themes resting beneath the surface (homoeroticism, mixed-race relationships, U.S. appropriation of foreign interests, etc.), yet even those take a back seat to the dazzling visuals.

Full Review… | September 12, 2015
Creative Loafing

Audience Reviews for House of Bamboo


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 Tippy
Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer


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 Bruce
Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer


Even though the director is amazing, this movie could double for a torture device were it not for the beautiful Japanese setting.

Michael Gildea
Michael Gildea

Super Reviewer

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