House of Bamboo (1955)
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as Eddie Kenner aka Spanier
as Sandy Dawson
as Capt. Hanson
as Inspector Kito
as Japanese Screaming Woman
as Bath Attendant
as Mr. Hommaru
as Army Corporal
as File Clerk
as Pearl Man
as Charlie's Girl
as Charlie's Girl at Party
as Pachinko Manager
as Pachinko Manager
as Office Clerk
as Japanese Girl
as Hanson's Deputy
as Mariko's Girl Friend
as Sandy's `Kimono Girl'
Critic Reviews for House of Bamboo
A masterpiece that pinpoints the sublime in Fuller's sensationalism and earns every inch of its widescreen real estate.
Novelty of scene and a warm, believable performance by Japanese star Shirley Yamaguchi are two of the better values in the production.
A lean, hard-boiled, sharp detective thriller with just a light touch of Madame Butterfly.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Even though the director is amazing, this movie could double for a torture device were it not for the beautiful Japanese setting.
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