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House of bamboo
Publication Information:
[Beverly Hills, Calif.] : Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment LLC, c2005.
Physical Description:
1 videodisc (ca. 102 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
System Details:
Target Audience:
Not rated by MPAA.
Fox film noir ; 4
Language Note:
English (4.0 surround), Spanish or French (mono) soundtracks with optional subtitles in English and Spanish ; closed-captioned in English for the hearing impaired.
General Note:
Originally released as a motion picture in 1955.

Widescreen format (aspect ratio 2.55:1); "CinemaScope."

Special features: Commentary by film historians James Ursini & Alain Silver; Theatrical trailer; Spanish trailer; Fox Movietone News: Behind the scenes footage; Landing in Japan.
"Sandy Dawson has assembled a platoon of ex-Army thugs to run pachinko parlors while pulling off bloody heists and armed robbery. The murder of a friend brings Eddie Spanier into the group, along with his beautiful mistress. But Spanier's behavior grows treacherous, and his loyalties become questionable, leading to a breathless, murderous conclusion high above the ancient city of Tokyo."--Container
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DVD PN1997.2.H682 2005 1 .CIRCNOTE. 1 DVD + 1 BOOKLET

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Samuel Fuller directed and cowrote this typically hard-boiled drama set in Japan following World War II. Eddie Kenner (Robert Stack) is given a special assignment by the Army to get the inside story on Sandy Dawson (Robert Ryan), a former GI who has formed a gang of fellow servicemen and Japanese locals who use their muscle to take over Tokyo's pachinko racket and commit a series of train robberies, targeting deliveries of military ammunition. Eddie is supposed to gather evidence on the murder of a soldier believed to have fallen in with the gang, and Eddie tries to blend in with the group to find out how they work. Hoping to learn more, Eddie also begins romancing Mariko (Shirley Yamaguchi), a Japanese woman who was married to the slain gangster, and he learns that the ruthless Dawson kills men who are injured during robberies rather than leave them behind to possibly testify against him. After a burglary goes wrong, Dawson becomes convinced that there's an informer in the group; wrongly believing it's Griff (Cameron Mitchell), Dawson kills his loyal soldier and makes Eddie his second in command. Veteran Japanese actor Sessue Hayakawa appears as Inspector Kito, a Japanese police detective working with Eddie to crack the case. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi