House of Bamboo
Location: Redstone Theater
Dir. Samuel Fuller. 1955, 102 mins. 35mm. With Robert Ryan, Robert Stack, Shirley Yamaguchi. In this loose remake of William Keighley’s The Street with No Name, a U.S. Army Investigator attempts to infiltrate a gang of corrupt American soldiers in Tokyo. Fuller elevates a seemingly straightforward noir plot into an astute rumination on Japanese-American relations in the wake of World War II. Heady imagery, artful composition, and CinemaScope Technicolor photography also make for a compelling viewing experience.
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