10. House Of Bamboo (1955)
House of Bamboo is a film noir crime story, which depicts Japan as similar to a post-depressionist America, a seedy land of crime and poverty. A supply train guarded by both Japanese, and U.S military troops is robbed, meaning an entire arsenal of weaponry is circulating underground. A detective disguises himself as a two-bit criminal known as Eddie Kenner (Robert Stack) in order to infiltrate a gang he suspects of being involved. Meanwhile Mariko (Shirley Yamaguchi) looks to Eddie for comfort as she mourns the death of her husband, who was found riddled full of the stolen bullets. The film is directed by Samuel Fuller and said to be a loose remake of The Street with No Name (1948). The film is interesting in its themes, and gritty style. However, what holds House of Bamboo back is some mediocre directing, and some shaky storytelling. The perspective, and its general consistencies aren't exactly clear throughout. That being said, House of Bamboo is mostly a riveting crime story that portrays a war-ravaged Japan incapable of recovery.