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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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Samuel Fuller

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Samuel Fuller
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Victoria Shaw ... Christine Downs
Glenn Corbett ... Det. Sgt. Charlie Bancroft
James Shigeta ... Det. Joe Kojaku
Anna Lee ... Mac
Paul Dubov Paul Dubov ... Casale
Jaclynne Greene Jaclynne Greene ... Roma
Neyle Morrow ... Hansel
Gloria Pall ... Sugar Torch
Pat Silver Pat Silver ... Mother (as Barbara Hayden)
George Yoshinaga George Yoshinaga ... Willy Hidaka
Kaye Elhardt Kaye Elhardt ... Nun
Aya Oyama Aya Oyama ... Sister Gertrude
George Okamura George Okamura ... Charlie, karate teacher
Ryosho S. Sogabe Ryosho S. Sogabe ... Priest (as Reverend Ryosho S. Sogabe)
Bob Okazaki Bob Okazaki ... George Yoshinaga (as Robert Okazaki)
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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 <fiddybop@uclink4.berkeley.edu>

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


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

5 May 1960 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

El kimono escarlata See more »

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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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

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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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Mac: [said to Chris, as she puffs on a cigar] Smoking a cigarette is like drinking beer out of a thimble. A man is only a man, my dear, but a good cigar is a smoke.
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Daring, memorable, and thought-provoking film-noir.
24 April 2001 | by Dark EyeSee all my reviews

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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