House of Bamboo
House of Bamboo (1955)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: July 1, 1955
DVD Release Date: June 7, 2005
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Critic Score: 87% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
David Fear
Time Out

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

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Time Out

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.

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Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Location-shot without permission in Tokyo-Yokohama, this CinemaScope noir zooms in on touristy sights without capturing the nation's postwar trauma about to move into transformation.

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Variety Staff

Novelty of scene and a warm, believable performance by Japanese star Shirley Yamaguchi are two of the better values in the production.

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Don Druker
Chicago Reader

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.

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TV Guide

Beautifully photographed and well-written.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

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

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

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.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 60% Flixster User Reviews
Randy Tippy
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… More
Walter M.
In "House of Bamboo", ex-soldier Eddie Spannier(Robert Stack) arrives in Japan looking for a friend of a his who had promised him work. His widow,… More
Bruce Bruce
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… More
Brian R
A commercial picture directed by Sam Fuller. "House of Bamboo" reminds me a bit of "The Departed" but on a lighter scale(probably for… More
Michael Gildea
Even though the director is amazing, this movie could double for a torture device were it not for the beautiful Japanese setting.