Samuel Fuller is a director known for his genre films. I found House Of Bamboo (1955), a film noir crime thriller, fascinating on several levels. First of all, it is a rare color exploration of postwar Japan-Tokyo in the mid 50s. I can't think of many other Japanese films that were made in color at that time. Second, it stars Robert Ryan, Robert Stack and Shirley Yamaguchi. Yamaguchi, who lived a very colorful life, was the subject of a recent fictional novel I read by Ian Buruma, The China Lover. It was directed by genre master Samuel Fuller, who capitalized on the exoticism of Japan with the exterior location shots-the set scenes looked very stylized and divorced from reality. Then again this film was escapism-a film noir transferred to Tokyo for stylistic reasons-however, entertaining and well made.