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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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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 ... 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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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Firing warning shots into the air and shooting fleeing felons in the back is no longer tolerated. You only draw your weapon if your life is in danger, to save your partner, or to save a innocent third party. If you are not justified in killing, you are not justified to draw your weapon. See more »

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In the military graveyard, a grave marker says that the Nisei soldier had been awarded the "Congressional Medal of Honor". The name of the medal is properly named the "Medal of Honor"; the word "Congressional" is informal usage and would not appear on a grave marker in a military graveyard. See more »

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Christine Downs: Were you ever in love with a man from a different world?
Mac: Ah, many, many times!
Christine Downs: Well, was he, uh, someone of a different race?
Mac: [pauses] There was a Hindu in Bombay...
Christine Downs: Was he sensitive about the difference between you?
Mac: [laughs] HE wasn't... but his father looked down his imperious nose at me.
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Forward-looking noir rooted in white-Asian race relations
1 October 2001 | by bmacvSee all my reviews

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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