The Crimson Kimono


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.

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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
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
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 (6) an exploration of coded male romance and Cold War-era racial politics, it's irreplaceable...

Dec 29, 2018 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

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

Dec 5, 2009 | Full Review…

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.

Oct 29, 2009 | Full Review…

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.

Aug 21, 2009 | Full Review…

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

May 1, 2006

It's a satisfactory Fuller work...

May 5, 2003 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Crimson Kimono


[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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