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5 May 1960 (Mexico) See more »
Yes, this is a beautiful American girl in the arms of a Japanese boy!
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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  (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)
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)
Crew verified as complete

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82 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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Film debut of Glenn Corbett.See more »
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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16 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
But down deep what am I?, 18 November 2005
Author: sol from Brooklyn NY USA

Very provocative movie, for the time that it was released in 1959, about a love triangle between two L.A detectives, one white and the other Japanese/American. With a young white female art student whom their protecting from an unknown killer.

After strip-tease artist Sugar Torch, Gloria Pall, finishes her act on stage she's shot at by an unknown assailant. Running for her life outside the theater on the crowded street, with nothing on but her underclothes, she's gunned down and killed. With Detctives Charles Bancroft & Joe Kojaku,Glenn Corbett & James Shigeta, put on the case they find in Sugar Torch's dressing room a painting of a her in a crimson kimono. The painting that the killer also shot a bullet through in anger. It was as if he knew who painted it.

The detectives track down the artist who painted the portrait to an art student at the University of Southern California named Christine Downs, Victoria Shaw. Christine, or Chris, tells Charles and Joe that the painting of Sugar Torch was commissioned by her boyfriend. A man who called himself Hansel, Neyle Morrow. The two L.A cops besides providing 24 hours around the clock protection of Chris from Sugar Torch's killer, who just missed shooting and killing her, go out on the streets canvassing the neighborhood, mostly L.A's Little Tokyo. Looking to find him and see what the people there know about Sugar's murder.

Both's Charles and Joe have been the best of friends since the Korean War. Joe saved Charles life on the battlefield by not only dragging back a seriously injured Charles to the safety of a MASH unit but also by donating a paint of his badly needed blood in order to keep him alive while he was being operated on. It never bothered them that they came from different backgrounds and are of different races all these years. Now, with Chris coming into their lives, things are about the change dramatically.

"Crimson Komino" goes from a police murder drama to a love triangle half-way through the movie. The All-American rough and tumble Charles Bancroft falls in love with ,the American as apple pie, Chris Downs only to have her fall for the more sensitive and artistic Japanese/American Joe Kojaku. Whom Chris, being an artist herself, has far more in common with. This leads Joe to feel very guilty and in a way embarrassed for stealing his best friends girlfriend who's not Japanese like himself.

As all this is happening the two cops begin to track down Hansel but the pent-up emotions that Joe is keeping inside him begins to come to the surface. In a Karate contest sponsored by the Little Tokyo neighborhood, that both Charles & Joe are entered in, leads to Joe almost killing Charles. This happens when Joe forgets the rules and smashed Charles head in after he was told to stop and back off by the contest referee.

In the dressing room Joe confesses that his being in love with Chris, and she with him,has made it impossible for him to be his partner Joe tells a shocked and confused Charles that he's turning in his badge since Joe feels that he can't do his job as a L.A policemen anymore. It's then when the truth comes out about Hansel who it turned out was involved in a similar situation and what he had, or had not, to do with Sugar Torch's murder. That put things into sharp focus for both Charles and Joe to not only who the killer is but why their sudden dislike and antagonism, towards each other over Chris, was nothing more then unfounded and irrational hate and ideas. Ideas that they had deep inside their minds that the racism,of both of them, blew way out of proportion.

"The Crimson Komino" is another hit, by cult director Samuel Fuller, that dared to show to the American public in 1959 what an inter-racial relationship can do to both parties who are not at all ready for it. Somewhat like the movie "Sayonara" but far more explosive and penetrating. And at the same time with a much happier ending.

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