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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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Notebook Reviews: Samuel Fuller's "House of Bamboo" (1955)
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has the good old B-noir spirit of Fuller, with a couple of flaws See more (39 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)
Reiko Sato ... Charlie's Girl (uncredited)
Teru Shimada ... Nagaya (uncredited)
May Takasugi ... Bath Attendant (uncredited)
Barbara Uchiyamada ... Japanese Girl (uncredited)
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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)
 
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Runtime:
102 min
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2.55 : 1 See more »
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:
Griff:But ever since you saved this guy's neck, you've been acting funny, well I know what you're trying to do, but you're not going to get away with it, cuz I won't let you.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in L.A. Noire (2011) (VG)See more »
Soundtrack:
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9 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
has the good old B-noir spirit of Fuller, with a couple of flaws, 14 June 2006
Author: MisterWhiplash from United States

I had fun through most of House of Bamboo, Samuel Fuller's second widescreen, first filmed out-of-the-US picture, even as I knew at the end it wasn't too special. It's got some memorable scenes with the two male leads, the kind of seemingly hard-boiled actors that probably wouldn't shake much if you hit them with some punches. And the whole plot line of the American crime ring in Tokyo in 1955 gives enough room for Fuller to realize some of the acting, camera and editing possibilities at his big-studio disposal. Robert Stack is in one of his best early parts as a would-be big crook undercover for the US army who infiltrates Robert Ryan's 'organization', where its tightly run to the point where Ryan's ready and willing to kill his own if wounded in the moment of crime. On top of this, Stack falls for a 'kimono' who was married to a late-member of the crime team. But will the deceiving remain?

The majority of the film works under the crime parts of the story, where in some scenes (maybe or maybe not in the new cinema-scope style) Fuller just keeps the camera on the scene without cutting. This room and space and time does create the right tension- and occasional humor- in the right spots. And Ryan is also up to task as the cold antagonist. Yet if there are parts of the film that are lesser than the bulk of it I'd say it would be with the 'Kimono' Mauriko, played by Shirley Yamaguchi. Her part in the story is mandatory to be sure, but it is just so-so in the writing and delivery, as far as such a formula would allow. And it is probably more of the writer's fault and even on Yamaguchi's end, arguably, than Fuller's. There are also some typical, dated bits of 'lost in translation' moments that may be part of the deal in making the very first Hollywood movie filmed entirely in Tokyo- they're 50/50 of doing the job for the entertaining parts of the picture.

Nonetheless, House of Bamboo is a more than decent example of what can be done with other material from one setting into another (both from a 40's noir, Street with No Name, and from US to Japan). There is also a sweet, if not greatly paced, climax in a wheel machine on a roof. It's gritty machismo with fun, with enough pure Fuller to suffice the studio standards.

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