Leigh Harline

House of Bamboo

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House of Bamboo reunites composer Leigh Harline with two-fisted B-movie pioneer Samuel Fuller seven years after their previous collaboration, the crime classic Pickup on South Street. Like everything in a Fuller picture, Harline's music is designed for maximum dramatic impact, although the score also emphasizes the film's postwar Japan millieu, incorporating elements of Asian color and atmosphere that lend themes like "Meeting Place" and "Breakfast and Bath" a haunting beauty rare in the Fuller oeuvre. Lionel Newman conducts with magisterial power, capturing the widescreen intensity of Fuller's singular vision in full. This is bold, dynamic music with no place for subtlety and nuance.