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The Crimson Kimono (1959)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 5 May 1960 (Mexico)
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Two detectives seek a stripper's killer in the Japanese quarter of Los Angeles, but a love triangle threatens their friendship.

Director:

Samuel Fuller

Writer:

Samuel Fuller
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Victoria Shaw ... Christine Downs
Glenn Corbett ... Det. Sgt. Charlie Bancroft
James Shigeta ... Det. Joe Kojaku
Anna Lee ... Mac
Paul Dubov ... Casale
Jaclynne Greene Jaclynne Greene ... Roma
Neyle Morrow ... Hansel
Gloria Pall ... Sugar Torch
Pat Silver Pat Silver ... Mother (as Barbara Hayden)
George Yoshinaga George Yoshinaga ... Willy Hidaka
Kaye Elhardt Kaye Elhardt ... Nun
Aya Oyama Aya Oyama ... Sister Gertrude
George Okamura George Okamura ... Charlie, karate teacher
Ryosho S. Sogabe Ryosho S. Sogabe ... Priest (as Reverend Ryosho S. Sogabe)
Bob Okazaki Bob Okazaki ... George Yoshinaga (as Robert Okazaki)
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Classic, hard-to-find Sam Fuller pic is intriguing noir about two detective partners, one caucasian and one Japanese, who try to solve a complicated murder case. Unfortunately, trouble arises when along the way, both of them fall in love with the key witness! Written by Mark Toscano <fiddybop@uclink4.berkeley.edu>

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Yes, this is a beautiful American girl in the arms of a Japanese boy!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

5 May 1960 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

El kimono escarlata See more »

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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Only one Nisei received a Medal of Honor in the Korean War, Hiroshi H Miyamura. None of the 21 Nisei who received their Medal of Honor awards for heroism in World War II had received them by the time the film was made; the awards were granted in 2000, after a study revealed discrimination that caused them to be overlooked during the war. See more »

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The final aerial shot pulling back from the streets of Los Angeles is running backwards, evidenced by the vehicle headlights all running backwards. See more »

Quotes

Christine Downs: Were you ever in love with a man from a different world?
Mac: Ah, many, many times!
Christine Downs: Well, was he, uh, someone of a different race?
Mac: [pauses] There was a Hindu in Bombay...
Christine Downs: Was he sensitive about the difference between you?
Mac: [laughs] HE wasn't... but his father looked down his imperious nose at me.
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Before there was Chinatown...there was Japantown!!!
11 May 2000 | by RytzalotSee all my reviews

What a film! A tender-hearted love story from Sam Fuller. It may look like a detective movie but it's just a cover to disguise a really well told and well acted tale about two cops who love the same woman. You'll see very real characters who feel real emotions - "Honest, dirty, jealousy," to paraphrase.

Wonderful use of JAPANtown, in downtown Los Angeles, and a good L.A. movie in general. Make note of this real interracial relationship movie from 1959. You gotta see it.


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