USA Today - 06/17/2005
"Directed by cult filmmaker Samuel Fuller in his brief big-studio period....[The film] benefits from CinemaScope Tokyo location footage from a time when few Hollywood productions got to shoot there."
Uncut - 10/01/2007 5 stars out of 5 -- "The mighty Sam Fuller's crackling Cinemascope gangster flick, a tale of betrayal in 1950s Tokyo....It looks beautiful..."
Sight and Sound - 12/01/2007
"[T]remendous....There is a trace of Harry Lime in Ryan's character....This impression is reinforced by the violent finale..."
Sam Fuller's (THE BIG RED ONE) 1955 crime noir thriller was the first American film made in Japan after WWII, and features stunning photography of a pre-modern Tokyo dominated by images of cherry blossoms and Kabuki theater. Robert Stack (AIRPLANE!, CADDYSHACK II) stars as Eddie Kenner, a US army operative sent to Tokyo to investigate the underhanded dealings of an ex-GI named Sandy Dawson (Robert Ryan, THE WILD BUNCH). Dawson has taken up robbing ammunition trains, and is also the kingpin of a local crime racket. Kenner must garner the criminal's trust without letting on his true intentions, and he is aided in his endeavor by Mariko (Shirley Yamaguchi), the wife of a dead American soldier.