House of Bamboo
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Samuel Fuller directed and cowrote this typically hard-boiled drama set in Japan following World War II. Eddie Kenner (Robert Stack) is given a special assignment by the Army to get the inside story on Sandy Dawson (Robert Ryan), a former GI who has formed a gang of fellow servicemen and Japanese locals who use their muscle to take over Tokyo's pachinko racket and commit a series of train robberies, targeting deliveries of military ammunition. Eddie is supposed to gather evidence on the murder of a soldier believed to have fallen in with the gang, and Eddie tries to blend in with the group… 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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