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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 (15) | Top Critics (5)

An obvious production of low budget, the Crimson Kimona nevertheless has some good moments, photographically as well as in performance.

July 27, 2021 | Full Review…

The mystery melodrama part of the film gets lost during the complicated romance, and the racial tolerance plea is cheapened by its inclusion in a film of otherwise straight action.

May 11, 2020 | Full Review…

Some fine set pieces and thoughtful camera-work serve to illustrate Fuller's gift for weaving a poetic nihilism out of his journalistic vision of urban crime.

June 24, 2006 | 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

A compact, efficient Sam Fuller B picture.

May 6, 2003 | Full Review…

Promoted upon its original release with such lurid and misleading lines like, "Yes, this is a beautiful American girl in the arms of a Japanese boy! What was his strange appeal for American girls?" this is actually a thoughtful drama.

November 1, 2021 | Rating: 3/4 | 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]

Walter M.
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