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House of Bamboo (TCF 1955, Robert Ryan, Robert Stack)

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Gritty yet subtle crime drama set gorgeously in and around postwar Tokyo, and directed with psychological complexity by Sam Fuller.

Robert Stack plays Eddie Kenner, an undercover Army investigator sent to infiltrate a gang of ex-Army men led by Sandy Dawson (Robert Ryan), a brilliant psychotic. Kenner’s effective ruse eventually fools Dawson into establishing him as his right-hand man.

Shot on location in Japan, the film climaxes with a thrilling gunfight atop a building that houses a glittering amusement park. Perfect, hardboiled Fuller.

Sam Fuller appeared in the movies of other famous filmmakers, notably in Jean-Luc Godard’s Pierrot le fou (1965), Dennis Hopper’s The Last Movie (1971), and Wim Wenders’s The American Friend (1977).

production details
USA | Twentieth Century Fox 102 minutes | 1955

Director: Samuel Fuller
Producer: Buddy Adler
Director of Photography: Joseph MacDonald
Editor: James B. Clark
Composer: Leigh Harline
Script: Samuel Fuller, Harry Kleiner
Art Directors: Addison Hehr, Lyle Wheeler

cast
Robert Ryan as Sandy Dawson
Robert Stack as Eddie Kenner
Shirley Yamaguchi as Mariko
Cameron Mitchell as Griff
Brad Dexter as Capt. Hanson
Sessue Hayakawa as Inspector Kito
Biff Elliot as Webber
Sandro Giglio as Ceram
Elko Hanabusa as Japanese Screaming Woman
John Doucette as Skipper (uncredited)
DeForest Kelley as Charlie (uncredited)

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