House of Bamboo

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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.


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

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (5)

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

    Aug 24, 2011 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

    David Fear

    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.

    Mar 26, 2009 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

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

    Mar 25, 2006 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Feb 9, 2006 | Full Review…
    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.

    May 14, 2003 | Full Review…
  • 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).

    Dec 27, 2018 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for House of Bamboo

  • Jan 21, 2011
    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 B Super Reviewer
  • Oct 05, 2010
    A commercial picture directed by Sam Fuller. "House of Bamboo" reminds me a bit of "The Departed" but on a lighter scale(probably for commercial reasons). I admire the locations, Robert Stack as the undercover agent, Shirley Yamaguchi as the "Kimono girl" and Robert Ryan as the gangster kingpin. 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.
    Brian R Super Reviewer
  • Jan 25, 2009
    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 T Super Reviewer
  • Nov 02, 2006
    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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