House of Bamboo Reviews

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August 24, 2011
A masterpiece that pinpoints the sublime in Fuller's sensationalism and earns every inch of its widescreen real estate.
March 26, 2009
Novelty of scene and a warm, believable performance by Japanese star Shirley Yamaguchi are two of the better values in the production.
March 25, 2006
A lean, hard-boiled, sharp detective thriller with just a light touch of Madame Butterfly.
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February 9, 2006
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.
May 14, 2003
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.
June 28, 2019
It's not among his (Samuel Fuller) masterful works, but it's very close to it. [Full Review in Spanish]
December 28, 2018
The deficit of narrative and tonal cohesion prevents it from matching or exceeding the quality of the film it was loosely remade from: William Keighley's The Street With No Name (1948).
January 9, 2018
[House of Bamboo] is an example of the iconoclastic filmmaker's ribald eye for cinematic collisions of characters and forms.
September 12, 2015
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.
August 20, 2015
This gorgeous presentation of a beautifully nasty Samuel Fuller gem also boasts a rich, efficient supplements package that should serve as a how-to primer for other labels: Less featurettes, better audio commentaries.
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