The Crimson Kimono (1959)
The Crimson Kimono (1959)
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as Christine Downs
as Det. Joe Kojaku
as Det. Sgt. Charlie Bancroft
as Sugar Torch
as Willy Hidaka
as Sister Gertrude
as Police Captain
as Police Officer
as Kendo Referee
as Stunt Double
as City Librarian
as College Girl
Critic Reviews for The Crimson Kimono
... filmed with great moments of location atmosphere, [this] is one of Fuller's most striking commentaries on race.
The Crimson Kimono is mostly a hard-boiled cop thriller, but also manages to make a defiant anti-racist statement without ever getting on a soapbox.
Beyond the preponderance of sweaty close-ups and rat-a-tat-tat cutting in Fuller's films, his peacetime cinema views relationships as a string of tribal skirmishes.
Harry Sukman's score courts condescension whenever the action shifts to Little Tokyo, but it's the film's only slip.
Audience Reviews for The Crimson Kimono
another good one from Fuller just rewatched and it is the best classic movie i've seen in a while the music fits the subject matter is really racey for its time well done and well handled by fuller a must see essential-oops stealing from those other guys:)
An odd movie. Part noir crime thriller, part love triangle, part racial issues movie. It handles all parts with some finesse, but it's the last that is the most striking. Fuller treats Japanese-Americans with a respect and dignity you don't see much of, even in today's films. Not a condescending stereotype in sight, even Asian music is incorporated into the score without a hint of caricature. Compared to the blunt and simplistic White Dog, it's amazingly deft and complex. James Shigeta, in his first role, is very very good, and Victoria Shaw does a decent job as well. Among the leads, Glenn Corbett is the weak link, not horrible but doesn't seem to match the quality of Shigeta's performance. There's also a fun supporting performance by Anna Lee. The film has a good deal of style and makes excellent use of Los Angeles locations. The editing is weird, though, and Fuller often "zooms" by simply enlarging a portion of the frame, which looks terrible. As a noir fan, I would preferred the crime story to play a more significant role in the story, but the sensitive handling of Japanese-American culture makes this film very worthwhile.
[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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