The Crimson Kimono (1959)

The Crimson Kimono (1959)




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A romantic rivalry between a white cop and his Nisei partner causes suppressed racial tensions to explode.
Classics , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Columbia Pictures

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Victoria Shaw
as Christine Downs
James Shigeta
as Det. Joe Kojaku
Glenn Corbett
as Det. Sgt. Charlie Bancroft
Paul Dubov
as Casale
Anna Lee
as Mac
Neyle Morrow
as Hansel
Gloria Pall
as Sugar Torch
George Yoshinaga
as Willy Hidaka
Aya Oyama
as Sister Gertrude
Robert Okazaki
as Yoshinaga
as Shuto
Robert Kino
as Announcer
Brian O'Hara
as Police Captain
David McMahon
as Police Officer
Torau Mori
as Kendo Referee
Edo Mita
as Gardener
Chiyo Toto
as Woman
Katie Sweet
as Child
Allen Pinson
as Stunt Double
Stafford Repp
as City Librarian
Nina Roman
as College Girl
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Critic Reviews for The Crimson Kimono

All Critics (5)

... filmed with great moments of location atmosphere, [this] is one of Fuller's most striking commentaries on race.

Full Review… | December 5, 2009

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.

Full Review… | October 29, 2009
Combustible Celluloid

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.

Full Review… | August 20, 2009
City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul

Harry Sukman's score courts condescension whenever the action shifts to Little Tokyo, but it's the film's only slip.

Full Review… | May 1, 2006
Slant Magazine

It's a satisfactory Fuller work...

Full Review… | May 5, 2003
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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:)

Gregory Wood
Gregory Wood

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.

Martin Teller
Martin Teller

[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]

Walter M.
Walter M.

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