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The Crimson Kimono
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Samuel Fuller (written by)
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Release Date:
October 1959 (USA) See more »
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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Forward-looking noir rooted in white-Asian race relations See more (34 total) »

Cast

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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)
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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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Film debut of Glenn Corbett.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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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Featured in How to Commit Marriage (1969)See more »

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10 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Forward-looking noir rooted in white-Asian race relations, 1 October 2001
Author: bmacv from Western New York

Sam Fuller's distinctive movies rarely live up to their opening shots (the bald hooker beating the stuffing out of the pimp who shaved her head in The Naked Kiss being the most unforgettable example). In The Crimson Kimono, a stripper (Sugar Torch!) is chased from the burlesque house's dressing room out into one of Los Angeles' main drags where she is shot dead. It's up to a couple of cops who share an apartment -- Glenn Corbett and James Shigeta -- to find her killer. What makes the movie both appealing and problematic is that Fuller demotes the thriller material to second-billing, while he develops a provocative rhapsody on a white-Asian love-vs.-friendship triangle centering on the buddies' both falling in love with the same witness (Victoria Shaw). Anna Lee and Jaclynne Green fill out the cast as the kind of characters who tend to show up only in Fuller's universe. As with all his movies, The Crimson Kimono has its startling moments, but it's one of the few that presents a complex and, for its day, progressive view of racial stereotypes and tensions in late-Eisenhower-era America.

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