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Director:
Writers:
Harry Kleiner (written by)
Samuel Fuller (additional dialogue)
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Release Date:
1 July 1955 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
Planted in a Tokyo crime syndicate, a U.S. Army Investigator attempts to probe the coinciding death of a fellow Army official. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Noir meets Noh: Fuller's remake of Street With No Name See more (40 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Robert Ryan ... Sandy Dawson

Robert Stack ... Eddie Kenner
Shirley Yamaguchi ... Mariko

Cameron Mitchell ... Griff

Brad Dexter ... Captain Hanson

Sessue Hayakawa ... Inspector Kito

Biff Elliot ... Webber
Sandro Giglio ... Ceram
Elko Hanabusa ... Japanese Screaming Woman
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Clifford Arashiro ... Policeman (uncredited)
Sandy Azeka ... Charlie's Girl at Party (uncredited)

Harry Carey Jr. ... John (uncredited)
Barry Coe ... Captain Hanson's Aide (uncredited)
Fred Dale ... Man (uncredited)

John Doucette ... Skipper (uncredited)
Fuji ... Pachinko Manager (uncredited)
Samuel Fuller ... Japanese policeman (uncredited)
Peter Gray ... Willy (uncredited)
Reiko Hayakawa ... Mariko's Girl Friend (uncredited)
Robert Hosai ... Doctor (uncredited)
Kazue Ikeda ... Policeman (uncredited)
Kinuko Ann Ito ... Servant (uncredited)
Frank Jumagai ... Pachinko Manager (uncredited)

DeForest Kelley ... Charlie (uncredited)
Robert Kino ... Policeman (uncredited)
Frank Kwanaga ... File Clerk (uncredited)
Richard Loo ... Inspector Kito's Voice (voice) (uncredited)
Jack Maeshiro ... Bartender (uncredited)
Harris Matsushige ... Office Clerk (uncredited)
Joanna Mitchell ... Mother Superior (uncredited)
Rollin Moriyama ... Pearl Man (uncredited)
Neyle Morrow ... Cpl. Davis (uncredited)
Bob Okazaki ... Mr Hommaru (uncredited)

Robert Quarry ... Phil (uncredited)
Bob Roberts ... Soldier on wall (left) (uncredited)
Reiko Sato ... Charlie's Girl (uncredited)
Teru Shimada ... Nagaya (uncredited)
May Takasugi ... Bath Attendant (uncredited)
Barbara Uchiyamada ... Japanese Girl (uncredited)
Everett Weaver ... Soldier on wall (right) (uncredited)

Directed by
Samuel Fuller 
 
Writing credits
Harry Kleiner (written by)

Samuel Fuller (additional dialogue)

Produced by
Buddy Adler .... producer
 
Original Music by
Leigh Harline 
 
Cinematography by
Joseph MacDonald  (as Joe MacDonald)
 
Film Editing by
James B. Clark 
 
Art Direction by
Addison Hehr 
Lyle R. Wheeler 
 
Set Decoration by
Stuart A. Reiss 
Walter M. Scott 
 
Makeup Department
Ben Nye .... makeup artist
Helen Turpin .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Saul Wurtzel .... unit production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Silver .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Don B. Greenwood .... property master (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Harry M. Leonard .... sound
John D. Stack .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Fred Etcheverry .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Ray Kellogg .... special photographic effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Frank Cory .... key grip (uncredited)
Hugh Crawford .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Les Everson .... head electrician (uncredited)
Frank V. Phillips .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Charles Le Maire .... wardrobe director
Dick James .... wardrobe (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Leonard Doss .... color consultant
 
Music Department
Lionel Newman .... conductor
Edward B. Powell .... orchestrator
Ken Darby .... vocal supervisor (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Teresa Brachetto .... script supervisor (uncredited)
John Campbell .... publicity director (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


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102 min
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Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
Finland:K-16 | Sweden:15 | UK:A | UK:PG (DVD) | USA:Approved (certificate #17450) | West Germany:12
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Trivia:
Sessue Hayakawa's dialogue was overdubbed by the US-born actor Richard Loo.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When Eddie Spanier (Robert Stack) is first knocked unconscious by members of Sandy Dawson's gang, Dawson tells one of his underlings to awaken him by tossing a bucket of ice on him. As he lies on the floor, however, Eddie flinches as soon as Dawson gives this command, before any ice actually hits Eddie's face.See more »
Quotes:
Sandy Dawson:Who are you working for?
Eddie Kenner:[posing as Eddie Spanier] Spanier.
Sandy Dawson:Who's Spanier?
Eddie Kenner:Me.
Sandy Dawson:Who else you working for?
Eddie Kenner:Eddie.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in L.A. Noire (2011) (VG)See more »
Soundtrack:
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30 out of 38 people found the following review useful.
Noir meets Noh: Fuller's remake of Street With No Name, 25 February 2002
Author: bmacv from Western New York

In the mid-1950s, using the same screenwriter (Harry Kleiner) and cinematographer (Joe MacDonald) as in the original, the unpredictable Samuel Fuller remade 1948's The Street With No Name as House of Bamboo. For starters, he set in not in anonymous Center City but in post-war Japan -- the first American movie filmed there since the Second World War.

Even in color, Fuller's Tokyo has a grey, slummy look to it, punctuated only by women in blood-red kimonos shuffling through the Ginza. It's an open city where vice flourishes and where ex-G.I. Robert Ryan runs a string of pachinko parlors as a cover for a crime ring. Military investigators and Japanese police tumble to these activities when a U.S. guard dies during a train robbery. And thus enters Robert Stack, sent by the army to infiltrate the gang and solve the murder.

Fuller deals his cards from a deck shuffled differently from his predecessor, William Keighley (who directed Street). It's not clear at the outset who Stack is, keeping us off-balance for a while; there's also a cross-cultural love affair between Stack and Shirley Yamaguchi, the widow of a slain gang member -- Ryan's standing orders are to leave no wounded to tell tales. A twisted erotic charge links Ryan to his pursuer; hinted at in the original, here it deepens the dynamic of Ryan's jealous obsession with his "ichiban," or favorite lieutenants.(There are enough sliding rice-paper screens to fill all of Douglas Sirk's movies with metaphorical barriers, too.)

Far from merely capitalizing on the 50s fad for shooting on locations around the newly opened globe, Fuller seems to construct another metaphor -- for the Occupation of Japan as exploitative, parasitic. Luckily he doesn't press this too far, and House of Bamboo stands as an offbeat, deftly made crime thriller from late in the noir cycle -- albeit with Mount Fujiyama squatting serenely in the background.

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