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House of Bamboo (1955)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 28 August 1955 (Japan)
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Planted in a Tokyo crime syndicate, a U.S. Army Investigator attempts to probe the coinciding death of a fellow Army official.

Director:

Samuel Fuller

Writers:

Harry Kleiner, Samuel Fuller (additional dialogue)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Robert Ryan ... Sandy Dawson
Robert Stack ... Eddie Kenner
Shirley Yamaguchi ... Mariko Webber
Cameron Mitchell ... Griff
Brad Dexter ... Captain Hanson
Sessue Hayakawa ... Inspector Kito
Biff Elliot ... Webber
Sandro Giglio Sandro Giglio ... Ceram
Elko Hanabusa Elko Hanabusa ... Japanese Screaming Woman
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Storyline

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 as he manages to make contact with Sandy Dawson, who is obviously running some sort of big operation, and his plan is helped by acquaintance with Mariko, the secret Japanese wife of the dead American. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Tokyo Post-War Underworld! See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

28 August 1955 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

The Tokyo Story See more »

Filming Locations:

Tokyo, Japan See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,380,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Color by Deluxe)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Despite being pegged for Technicolor and Cinemascope, the project had the relatively low budget of $1.38 million. Fuller planned to get the most bang for his buck by shooting without permits, using hidden cameras to capture the flavor of urban life in Japan during the postwar reconstruction. See more »

Goofs

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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Remake of The Street with No Name (1948) See more »

Soundtracks

Serenade in Blue
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Music by Harry Warren
Played at the bar when Charlie sees Mariko
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An unsettling gangster flick
8 February 1999 | by LevanaSee all my reviews

What could be a very average, although well-made and fast paced, gangster story is made memorable by an unsettling oddness, a cockeyed take on the pervasive violence of its setting. Yes, it's highly implausible, but that's appropriate to the slightly surreal overtones.


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