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½ December 29, 2008
A Solid Noir dealing with the murder of a stripper but more importantly with race relations between a japanese-american cop and a white cop as they both fall in love with the only key eye witness. As usual for fuller; its raw and gritty although it does have some melodrama that is odd for Fuller. Not one of Fullers best but still quite good.
October 13, 2008
I found the way Fuller uses dialogue to be extremely fun. The way he mentions the face, and anything on the face, like ' I can see it in your face ' and stuff like that. I quite like how he uses that and brings this rather low-budget thriller with a not so entirely satisfying twist to life for the most part and even divert its tale.
September 6, 2008
Two detectives investigate the murder of a stripper gunned down in the streets of LA. Both fall in love with the sorority girl artist who is the only one who may be able to identify the killer. Joe chalks his partner's recent hostility towards him to racism (Joe is Japanese-American.), but doesn't consider that it may just be old-fashioned jealousy. Blunt writing and directing by Sam Fuller.
July 22, 2008
Weak Fuller by comparison.
June 28, 2008
not my favorite sam fuller fact, it might the worst one of his ive seen. however, in term of noir standards, it is somewhere in the middle. it gets a little tied in melodrama in addition to the suspense. also worth a look if only for the early asian american love story
½ June 28, 2008
interesting asian american noir by fuller. there are better crime dramas and better films about race relations, but Sam Fuller is such a great story teller that it still holds your attention.
½ June 27, 2008
Disappointing crime drama is too much talk and not enough action - unusual for a Sam Fuller film. It spends far too much time on the love triangle between the police detectives and their key witness and not enough on the murder investigation, getting so caught up in the romantic entanglements that a dangerous manhunt is almost forgotten until the very end. Interesting commentary on racism in 1950s America, but not enough to make it any more than a mediocre melodrama.
½ June 25, 2008
Saw this as part of TCM's Screening Asian-Americans special and enjoyed conversation about racial issues good and bad. Peter X Fong's book can cover it better than me. Shigeta is known as first asian-american actor on film kissing a white woman. Story is about not assuming things.
June 24, 2008
A smart little genre film that dares to be something and do something different. It is a film at least ten years ahead of its time as far as content. It fails in some scenes and the end comes about from no where. This is just a minor squabble as the film is more about relationships then the actual plot about a murder case. A film all Sam Fuller fans should watch as it is a smart little film.
September 29, 2007
one of Fuller's underrated (or just underseen) flicks, it's a lot of fun, specially in a packed theater, and has enough romantic melodrama to collide just splendidly with the hard-boiled noir.
½ September 11, 2007
One of the few movies, where the Asian American guy ends up with the girl.
August 31, 2007
Cute little 60's movie that has a slightly different view of racism then modern movies. Apparently, it's all in your mind....
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