House of Bamboo

Synopsis: 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-heal 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.
Director(s): Samuel Fuller
Production: 20th Century Fox Film Corporation
Rotten Tomatoes:
102 min

This film was photographed...

in Tokyo, Yokohama

and the Japanese countryside.

The year is 1954.

This is a military supply train

en route from Kyoto to Tokyo.

It is guarded jointly by

American military personnel...

and Japanese security forces.

What's holding us up?

I don't know.

I'll take a look.

- Inspector Kita.

- Sorry, Mr. Ceram. No time for an interview now.

That train carried

American ammunition, didn't it?

Yes. I have already

notified Captain Hanson.

That's the story

I'd like to follow.

How the American army

and the Japanese police work together...

when American army

personnel is involved.

- Mind if I tag along?

- Perfectly all right.

The Japanese police were

in charge of the investigation.

But since an American soldier

had been killed in the robbery...

the Criminal Investigation Division

of the United States Military Police...

was called in for cooperation.

- Hello, Captain Hanson.

- Hello, Mr. Ceram.

The American sergeant is over here.


The engineer and the firemen and the two

other security guards were attacked.

The chain marks

are still on their necks.

- Chain marks?

- Yes.

- Are they dead?

- No, only the American sergeant.


The stolen equipment consisted of

five .50 caliber American machine guns...

and four boxes .50 caliber

ammunition belts,

five .30 caliber

American machine guns...

and four boxes .30 caliber

ammunition belts...

and, uh... two boxes

of smoke pots?

- Smoke pots? Are you sure of that?

- Yes.

I can understand them stealing

small arms and ammunition...

but what would they want

with smoke pots?

I wonder.

Sir, we've just had our

first lead of a tie-up...

with the killing of that

American sergeant five weeks ago...

- in the train holdup near Fujiyoshida.

- Let's have it.

An American civilian called Webber

was wounded an hour ago...

sticking up a factory payroll.

Instead of picking him up, one of his gang

pumped three bullets in him...

- and left him for dead.

- Where's the tie-up with the train holdup?

Ballistics report says

the three bullets in Webber...

came from the same gun that killed

the American sergeant on the train...

a P38.

- Is Webber still alive?

- Just about.

If he talks, those three bullets might give us

the answers we've been looking for.

They turned on you like a pack of wolves

when you were hit.

Why cover for them? Come on, Webber.

You're hurt worse than you think.

Who fired the P38,

killed the payroll guard?

And the American sergeant.

The same gun was used in both murders.

Who is Eddie Spanier, huh?

Eddie. Eddie Spanier.

You guys.

You're a million...

You're a million miles off.

He's got...


nothing to do with this.

- We were in the war together.

- What war?

Sticking up unarmed men

and old ladies?

According to this letter, he wants to join

you as soon as he gets out of prison.

Join you in what? What's the setup,

Webber? Who are the others?

Maybe this woman can tell us.


She doesn't know anything.

- She had nothing to do with this.

- Then what are you afraid she'll tell us?

She's got nothing to do

with this. Do you hear me?

- She's got nothin' to do with this.

Nothin', you hear me?

- Who is she?

- Nothin'.

- Who is she? Who is she?

- My wife.

- Your wife?

- Yes, I-I...

- That's not on the record.

Two months.

Two months. We've been

married two months.


Nobody knows.

We kept it on the q.t.

Nobody knows. Nobody knows.

Only her uncle.

Only her uncle and you.


three weeks later...

a freighter from San Francisco

docked at the port of Yokohama.

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Harry Kleiner

Harry Kleiner (September 10, 1916 Tiflis, Russia – October 17, 2007 Chicago, Illinois) was a Russian-born American screenwriter and producer best known for his films at 20th Century Fox. more…

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