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Samuel Fuller (written by)
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Release Date:
5 May 1960 (Mexico) See more »
Tagline:
Yes, this is a beautiful American girl in the arms of a Japanese boy!
Plot:
Two detectives seek a stripper's killer in the Japanese quarter of Los Angeles, but a love triangle threatens their friendship. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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(15 articles)
James Shigeta Dead: Die Hard, Mulan, Flower Drum Song Actor Dies at 81
 (From Us Weekly. 29 July 2014, 3:26 AM, PDT)

In memoriam: James Shigeta
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R.I.P. James Shigeta
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Daring, memorable, and thought-provoking film-noir. See more (34 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Victoria Shaw ... Christine Downs

Glenn Corbett ... Det. Sgt. Charlie Bancroft

James Shigeta ... Det. Joe Kojaku

Anna Lee ... Mac
Paul Dubov ... Casale
Jaclynne Greene ... Roma
Neyle Morrow ... Hansel

Gloria Pall ... 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)
Fuji ... Shuto
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Walter Burke ... Ziggy (uncredited)
Jack Carol ... Man (uncredited)
Robert Kino ... Announcer (uncredited)
Harrison Lewis ... Waiter (uncredited)

David McMahon ... Police Officer (uncredited)
Edo Mita ... Gardener (uncredited)
Torau Mori ... Kendo Referee (uncredited)
Rollin Moriyama ... Man (uncredited)
Carol Nugent ... Girl (uncredited)
Brian O'Hara ... Police Captain (uncredited)

Stafford Repp ... City Librarian (uncredited)
Nina Roman ... College Girl (uncredited)
Katie Sweet ... Child (uncredited)
Chiyo Toto ... Woman (uncredited)

Directed by
Samuel Fuller 
 
Writing credits
Samuel Fuller (written by)

Produced by
Samuel Fuller .... producer
 
Original Music by
Harry Sukman 
 
Cinematography by
Sam Leavitt (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Jerome Thoms 
 
Art Direction by
Robert F. Boyle  (as Robert Boyle)
William Flannery  (as William E. Flannery)
 
Set Decoration by
James Crowe  (as James M. Crowe)
 
Costume Design by
Bernice Pontrelli 
 
Makeup Department
Clay Campbell .... makeup supervisor
Helen Hunt .... hair stylist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Floyd Joyer .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
John P. Livadary .... recording supervisor (as John Livadary)
J.S. Westmoreland .... sound (as Josh Westmoreland)
 
Stunts
Stacy Morgan .... stunts (uncredited)
Allen Pinson .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Jack Hayes .... orchestrator
Leo Shuken .... orchestrator
Harry Sukman .... conductor
 
Other crew
George Okamura .... technical advisor: martial arts (uncredited)
 
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82 min
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Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
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Trivia:
Film debut of Glenn Corbett.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
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Featured in The Slanted Screen (2006)See more »

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29 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
Daring, memorable, and thought-provoking film-noir., 24 April 2001
Author: Dark Eye from London, England

The Crimson Kimono is one of the coolest detective films I've seen so far. The story follows two detective buddies Charlie Bancroft (Glenn Corbett) and Japanese-American Joe Kojaku (James Shigeta) as they investigate a murder case, and they came upon Christine Downs (Victoria Shaw), a beautiful painter with whom both men fall in love. Eventually Christine fell in love with Joe's poetic and sensitive nature. Tension arose between the two detectives as Charlie became furious since Joe stole his girl. Joe however doesn't hesitate to accuse his friend of racism. In the bold finale, it all ends with one of the most daring scenes ever filmed, even by today's standards.

First of all, this is a remarkably refreshing film, and that is because the story revolves around the psyche of the Japanese detective, as well as to sympathise with him. Samuel Fuller did not pull any punches here; the film is filled with those Fuller trademarks, such as the sudden occasional facial close-ups, to the starkly honest and down-to-earth dialogues. The ending scene was especially rewarding, when detective Joe Kojaku learns about the true nature of his heart ... it was delivered with such boldness and subtlety at the same time. James Shigeta, the actor who played detective Kojaku, is a great leading actor. He has a really soothing baritone voice that draws you into his character, one which at first doesn't seem to be prominent but later turns out to be the film's most complex character.

Still refreshing even by today's standards, this is an intelligent movie. It's a shame that the late Samuel Fuller never got a chance to re-release this film, as I learned that this movie isn't available on the shelves anymore. Highly recommended by anyone who ever gets a chance to get their lucky hands on this piece of brilliant film-noir.

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