House of Bamboo

Film, Thrillers

Time Out says

1954. American-led gang pulls raids in Tokyo, Yokohama. Ex-GI involvement suspected. Lone American infiltrates gang. Identity, motives unclear. 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. Part of it is Fuller the war correspondent, reporting from the front, leaving the viewer to fight out meanings alongside the characters. Part of it is Fuller the American tourist, shamelessly reducing Japan to stereotypes, twisting local colour to his own ends. Godard used to think it was Fuller's best movie.

By: TR


Release details

102 mins

Cast and crew

Samuel Fuller
Harry Kleiner
Robert Ryan
Robert Stack
Shirley Yamaguchi
Cameron Mitchell
Sessue Hayakawa
Brad Dexter
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