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7.3
/10
357 Ratings

House of Bamboo

Directed by Samuel Fuller
United States, 1955
Crime, Film noir, Drama

Synopsis

In Tokyo, a ruthless gang starts holding up U.S. ammunition trains, prepared to kill any of their own members wounded during a robbery. Down-at-heel ex-serviceman Eddie Spannier arrives from the States, apparently at the invitation of one such unfortunate. But Eddie isn’t quite what he seems.

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House of Bamboo Directed by Samuel Fuller
House of Bamboo" (1955) may not be, as its studio claimed, the first Hollywood movie shot on location in Japan, but, clearly inspired by its surroundings, it is the most visually lush film that the great action director ever made.
November 04, 2015
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House of Bamboo suggests a for-hire film that’s been polished with flourishes so great they cumulatively transcend their potentialities as formal window dressing: They’re the film’s pulse, the work of a masterfully intuitive director whose artistic sensibility appears to be governed by an unusually large portion of id.
August 20, 2015
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Shot in CinemaScope and Deluxe color, it is Fuller’s most beautiful film, and the new Blu-ray from Twilight Time looks flawless. Clearly inspired by his surroundings, and backed by an A-picture budget, Fuller works variations on the slashing lines of slatted bamboo curtains, sliding doors, and the increasingly vertical Tokyo cityscape, ending in a justifiably famous rooftop amusement park ride, a deadly trip around Saturn’s rings.
August 18, 2015
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