The Crimson Kimono (1959)

Approved  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery  |  5 May 1960 (Mexico)
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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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Release Date:

5 May 1960 (Mexico)  »

Also Known As:

Den blodrøde kimono  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.85 : 1
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In Nov. 1959, Columbia Pictures distributed this film on a double bill with Battle of the Coral Sea (1959) starring Cliff Robertson. See more »


In the final scenes in which Joe, Chris, and Charlie are making up, Mac is not present, however she is with the group when they race from the restaurant in pursuit of Hansel. In the next shot, as they enter the doll show, Mac is gone, again. Then when the pursuit goes back to the streets, Mac and Chris are racing through the crowd holding hands. See more »


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Before there was Chinatown...there was Japantown!!!
11 May 2000 | by (Valencia, CA) – See all my reviews

What a film! A tender-hearted love story from Sam Fuller. It may look like a detective movie but it's just a cover to disguise a really well told and well acted tale about two cops who love the same woman. You'll see very real characters who feel real emotions - "Honest, dirty, jealousy," to paraphrase.

Wonderful use of JAPANtown, in downtown Los Angeles, and a good L.A. movie in general. Make note of this real interracial relationship movie from 1959. You gotta see it.

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