House of Bamboo Reviews
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.
I'm slowly making my way through Fuller's back catalogue, but mark this one down as another winner.
House of Bamboo is not one of his greatest films, but one that you can tell was personal for the director. On the surface it's just another cops Vs. Gangster film, albit one set in the exotic milieu of post-war Tokyo. Buty underneath is a suprisingly smart, sometimes even sensitive(the interracial romance is actally touching, and the Japanese are presented with proper respect) movie.
It is not Fuller's masterpiece, but it's still better than so many other movies from other directors.
If you like gangster films this is a bizarre but interesting side road.
in this movie a group of ex-u.s. army guys form a heist mob in post-war occupied japan. the u.s. army sends in an undercover man to take them down. the violence is quite graphic in this movie - one guy gets shot dead in a bathtub - but not gory (i.e. no blood).
it's a gangster/noir blend. i really enjoyed it. there aren't many movies of this type set in asia - there are plenty set in europe for some reason...
Robert Ryan as always is stellar, especially in a scene where after he fills one of his henchmen that he suspects has betrayed him with bullet holes (while in a bathtub no less, that is now full of holes and pouring out water thanks to the bullets) then proceeds to have a very animated conversation with the corpse.
Part of the fantastic Fox Film Noir collection on DVD.
It would have been really great but it gets bogged down with a stupid boring romantic subplot that doesn't really add anything other than maybe letting Stack hit on a Japanese chick.
I don't know, it just lacks the hard edge most Fuller movies I've seen have.
Robert Ryan is fucking great though.