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House of Bamboo Reviews

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Chris Barsanti
June 9, 2005
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
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
April 18, 2015
Location-shot without permission in Tokyo-Yokohama, this CinemaScope noir zooms in on touristy sights without capturing the nation's postwar trauma about to move into transformation.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
July 25, 2005
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.
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Variety Staff
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.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
May 14, 2003
Fuller, as always, is resourceful and fresh.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Keith Uhlich
Slant Magazine
June 6, 2005
House of Bamboo has some of the most stunning examples of widescreen photography in the history of cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
July 23, 2005
...the positives here outweigh the negatives...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Don Druker
Chicago Reader
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.
Greg Muskewitz
December 22, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times
March 25, 2006
A lean, hard-boiled, sharp detective thriller with just a light touch of Madame Butterfly.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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David Fear
Time Out
August 24, 2011
A masterpiece that pinpoints the sublime in Fuller's sensationalism and earns every inch of its widescreen real estate.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5

May 24, 2003
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.
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Time Out
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.

TV Guide
April 17, 2012
Beautifully photographed and well-written.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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