House of Bamboo
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This well-photographed crime drama was filmed in post-WW II 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. He gets involved following the murder of another soldier. To succeed, the hero must somehow infiltrate the mob and he does this by cozying up to a Japanese widow of a deceased gang member. The ploy works and the agent becomes a gangster. Trouble brews when a robbery goes awry and the ruthless gang leader realizes he has a traitor in his… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A masterpiece that pinpoints the sublime in Fuller's sensationalism and earns every inch of its widescreen real estate."
‑ David Fear, Time Out New York
"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."
‑ , Time Out
"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."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"House of Bamboo has some of the most stunning examples of widescreen photography in the history of cinema."
‑ Keith Uhlich, Slant Magazine
"Novelty of scene and a warm, believable performance by Japanese star Shirley Yamaguchi are two of the better values in the production."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"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."
‑ Don Druker, Chicago Reader
"...the positives here outweigh the negatives..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"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."
‑ , Film4
"A lean, hard-boiled, sharp detective thriller with just a light touch of Madame Butterfly."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"Beautifully photographed and well-written."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"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"
‑ Chris Barsanti,
"Fuller, as always, is resourceful and fresh."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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