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The Crimson Kimono (1959)

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Two detectives seek a stripper's killer in the Japanese quarter of Los Angeles, but a love triangle threatens their friendship.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Victoria Shaw ...
Christine Downs
Det. Sgt. Charlie Bancroft
Det. Joe Kojaku
Paul Dubov ...
Jaclynne Greene ...
Neyle Morrow ...
Sugar Torch
Pat Silver ...
Mother (as Barbara Hayden)
George Yoshinaga ...
Willy Hidaka
Kaye Elhardt ...
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)


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 <>

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



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5 May 1960 (Mexico)  »

Also Known As:

Den blodrøde kimono  »

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Film debut of Glenn Corbett. See more »


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What a gem
18 February 2004 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

I first saw this film on television really, really late one night...

At first glance it is a crime melodrama involving downtown Los Angeles, jealouys lovers and strippers...

However what Fuller has done is show a member of the urban sprawl that is Los Angeles that is rarely seen on film...that of the role of the Japanese-American in society and that alone makes it worth seeing the film...

However does anybody know if the film is available on any format? DVD? VHS?

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