The Crimson Kimono

1959, Drama/Crime, 1h 24m

15 Reviews 250+ Ratings

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A Los Angeles detective (Glenn Corbett) and his Japanese partner (James Shigeta) woo an artist (Victoria Shaw) while solving a stripper's murder.

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  • May 26, 2020
    Clearly writer/director Samuel Fuller's intent here was to explore interracial relationships and the alienation encountered by Japanese-Americans after WWII. It's all framed inside a murder investigation by two cops - one white and the other Japanese. I found the acting by the male leads, James Shigeta and Glenn Corbett, overly melodramatic in certain scenes and the plotting misfires. Nonetheless, it's Fuller. It's Noir. It's wholly watchable.
    Aldo G Super Reviewer
  • May 27, 2010
    [font=Century Gothic]In "The Crimson Kimono", a stripper, Sugar Torch, is shot and killed on Main Street in Los Angeles. Since a witness cannot make a postive identifcation of the killer, the two detectives assigned to the case, Charlie Bancroft(Glenn Corbett) and Joe Kojaku(James Shigeta), have little to go on. The only clues they have are a painting in Sugar's dressing room and the knowledge that she was working on a Japanese themed act for Las Vegas. Kojaku talks to an martial arts acquaintance who was set to be featured in the act while Joe talks to a painter friend, Mac(Anna Lee).[/font] [font=Century Gothic]"The Crimson Kimono" gets off to a good start and has memorable characters to spare but eventually the mystery takes a back seat to the personal lives of the lead characters. It does help that both halves of the movie dovetail nicely at the end. The movie is far ahead of its time in its depiction of the Asian-American community in general, and the Japanese-American community specifically. [/font]
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