Blu-ray Release: House of Bamboo

Blu-ray Release Date: Aug. 11, 2015
Price: Blu-ray $29.95
Studio: Twilight Time

From writer-director Samuel Fuller (The Naked Kiss) comes 1955’s  House of Bamboo, a gangster film noir-drama for the post-war world in that it’s hard, fast, and out of control.

Robert Ryan and Robert Stack in Sam Fuller's House of Bamboo

Robert Ryan and Robert Stack in Sam Fuller’s House of Bamboo

Shot entirely on location in Tokyo and Yokohama by the brilliant cinematographer Joe MacDonald, the film gives us a look at a brutally exploitative Japanese-based American gang led by a compelling sadist (Robert Ryan, Caught). Caught up and over his head is the relatively innocent Eddie (Robert Stack, Bullfighter and The Lady), whose burgeoning love for a “kimono girl” (Shirley Yamaguchi) is counterpointed by his involvement with the complicated crime boss.

House of Bamboo also features sterling performances from Cameron Mitchell (Carousel) and Sessue Hayakawa (The Bridge on the River Kwai).

The Blu-ray includes the following special features:
-Isolated score track
-Audio commentary with film historians Julie Kirgo and Nick Redman
-Audio commentary with film historians Alain Silver and James Ursini
-Fox Movietone newsreels
-Original theatrical trailer

As supplier Twilight Time prints up only 3,000 copies of each title, be sure to head over to the Twilight Time site or that of distributor Screen Archives so you can order NOW!

About Laurence

Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.