7.0/10
1,366
39 user 20 critic

The Crimson Kimono (1959)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 5 May 1960 (Mexico)
Two detectives seek a stripper's killer in the Japanese quarter of Los Angeles, but a love triangle threatens their friendship.

Director:

Writer:

Reviews

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

ON DISC
Won 1 Golden Globe. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Fourteen-year-old Tolly Devlin sees four hoods beat his father to death. Twenty years later, the killers have risen to the top of the crime syndicate and Tolly has a plan for revenge.

Director: Samuel Fuller
Stars: Cliff Robertson, Dolores Dorn, Beatrice Kay
Park Row (1952)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

The Globe is a small, but visionary newspaper started by Phineas Mitchell, an editor recently fired by The Star. The two newspapers become enemies, and the Star's ruthless heiress Charity Hackett decides to eliminate the competition.

Director: Samuel Fuller
Stars: Gene Evans, Mary Welch, Bela Kovacs
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

When the South loses the war, Confederate veteran O'Meara goes West, joins the Sioux, takes a wife and refuses to be an American but he must choose a side when the Sioux go to war against the U.S. Army.

Director: Samuel Fuller
Stars: Rod Steiger, Sara Montiel, Brian Keith
Verboten! (1959)
Thriller | War | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A young American serviceman, stationed in Germany after the fall of the Third Reich, jeopardises his position with the Marshall Plan relief effort by breaking the non-fraternisatiom rule ... See full summary »

Director: Samuel Fuller
Stars: James Best, Susan Cummings, Tom Pittman
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Planted in a Tokyo crime syndicate, a U.S. Army Investigator attempts to probe the coinciding death of a fellow Army official.

Director: Samuel Fuller
Stars: Robert Ryan, Robert Stack, Shirley Yamaguchi
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Kelly, a prostitute, traumatised by an experience, referred to as 'The Naked Kiss,' by psychiatrists, leaves her past, and finds solace in the town of Grantville. She meets Griff, the ... See full summary »

Director: Samuel Fuller
Stars: Constance Towers, Anthony Eisley, Michael Dante
Action | Drama | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A rock star-turned-bum, his vocal chords severed at the height of his career for the love of a woman, reclaims his forgotten past after viewing a music video and seeks revenge against the mobster who maimed him.

Director: Samuel Fuller
Stars: Keith Carradine, Valentina Vargas, Bill Duke
China Gate (1957)
Action | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

In 1954, during the French Indochina War, an Eurasian female smuggler and a group of French Foreign Legion mercenaries, infiltrate the enemy territory in order to destroy an arms depot.

Director: Samuel Fuller
Stars: Gene Barry, Angie Dickinson, Nat 'King' Cole
Action | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A ragtag group of American stragglers battles against superior Communist troops in an abandoned Buddhist temple during the Korean War.

Director: Samuel Fuller
Stars: Gene Evans, Robert Hutton, Steve Brodie
Drama | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Bob Ford murders his best friend Jesse James in order to obtain a pardon that will free him to marry his girlfriend but is plagued by guilt and self-disgust.

Director: Samuel Fuller
Stars: Preston Foster, Barbara Britton, John Ireland
Forty Guns (1957)
Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Showdown in Arizona between the Bonnell brothers, U.S.Marshals, and Jessica Drummond, the iron-fist rancher who controls the territory.

Director: Samuel Fuller
Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Barry Sullivan, Dean Jagger
Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Bent on winning a Pulitzer Prize, a journalist commits himself to a mental institution to solve a strange and unclear murder.

Director: Samuel Fuller
Stars: Peter Breck, Constance Towers, Gene Evans
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Christine Downs
...
Det. Sgt. Charlie Bancroft
...
Det. Joe Kojaku
...
Mac
Paul Dubov ...
Casale
Jaclynne Greene ...
Roma
Neyle Morrow ...
Hansel
...
Sugar Torch
Pat Silver ...
Mother (as Barbara Hayden)
George Yoshinaga ...
Willy Hidaka
Kaye Elhardt ...
Nun
Aya Oyama ...
Sister Gertrude
George Okamura ...
Charlie, karate teacher
Ryosho S. Sogabe ...
Priest (as Reverend Ryosho S. Sogabe)
Bob Okazaki ...
George Yoshinaga (as Robert Okazaki)
Edit

Storyline

Classic, hard-to-find Sam Fuller pic is intriguing noir about two detective partners, one caucasian and one Japanese, who try to solve a complicated murder case. Unfortunately, trouble arises when along the way, both of them fall in love with the key witness! Written by Mark Toscano <fiddybop@uclink4.berkeley.edu>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Yes, this is a beautiful American girl in the arms of a Japanese boy!


Certificate:

Approved

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

5 May 1960 (Mexico)  »

Also Known As:

Den blodrøde kimono  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Film debut of Glenn Corbett. See more »

Goofs

The final aerial shot pulling back from the streets of Los Angeles is running backwards, evidenced by the vehicle headlights all running backwards. See more »

Quotes

Mac: [to Det. Bancroft, after she has eagerly started drinking from his bottle of bourbon] Love does much... but bourbon does everything.
See more »

Connections

Featured in Los Angeles Plays Itself (2003) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Solid film that delivers an engaging mystery and love triangle
16 November 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

When stripper Sugar Torch disturbs a murder in her dressing room she is chased into the street and gunned down by an unknown assailant. Detectives Charlie Bancroft and Joe Kojaku investigate the only leads they have – the new men in Sugar's life who were to be involved in her new act, embracing teasing, karate and doomed love. Bancroft goes after artist "Chris" who had painted Sugar in full kimono while Kojaku goes after the men who were to be involved in her act. It turns out Chris is Christine and that she is more valuable than they had hoped – problem is, main suspect Hansel knows this too and soon the detectives are guarding her from attempts on her life.

A strange film this one. It opens in the sordid world of striptease, continues with the murder of a young woman and leads straight into a police investigation. This suggested it would be a gritty and tough thriller which at times it is, but at other times it plays up the love triangle aspect and then at others seems interested in just showing us a little bit of Asian-American culture. This individual sections do bump up against one another uncomfortably at times but mostly they sit reasonably well as part of the film. The effect is to produce a really interesting film, partly because the mix is unusual and well delivered. The mystery aspect of the plot keeps the narrative flowing along well enough and engaged me even if the ending was a bit convenient and easy.

The love triangle part works better than I expected mainly because it uses it to compliment the male characters rather than being about the love part. This allows the two actors (Corbett and Shigeta) to deliver solid characters and play off one another really well. They are not brilliant in regards range but both more than meet the requirements of the material – Shigeta being a bit more able to convince in the love regards as well as the conflict side while Corbett does an all-round solid turn as a tough but friendly cop. As writer Fuller mixes the various aspects really well while also producing a bit of cultural significance in the way that the Asian-American thing is merely a trimming and not the whole show.

Overall then a solid film that blends mystery, love, grit and conflict into one story. It doesn't flow perfectly but it is engaging for what it does well and not bad for those aspects it does less well.


9 of 9 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?