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381 Ratings

The Crimson Kimono

Directed by Samuel Fuller
United States, 1959
Thriller, Mystery


When a masked killer shoots Sugar Torch, a Los Angeles stripper, in the neck, homicide detectives Charlie Bancroft and Joe Kojaku, who happen to be roommates, investigate.

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The Crimson Kimono Directed by Samuel Fuller
The movie is driven and enlivened by the filmmaker’s wedding of genre trope, eccentric visual and verbal symbolism, and common-sense decency, yielding a distinctly pure kind of macho empathy that can only be called Fuller-esque.
August 05, 2017
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The pacing is breakneck and the dialogue is thick with the kinds of hard-boiled statements of principle that were Fuller’s stock-in-trade. In place of a femme fatale, the film has real, smart, creative women, Chris (Victoria Shaw) and Mac (Anna Lee); in place of a smattering of local color, it has the most detailed depiction of an Asian-American community to ever grace a genre flick. It’s raw, risqué, more than a little risky, and it isn’t afraid to punch for the gut.
November 07, 2014
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What saves Fuller’s language and his style from seeming risibly overheated is this constant sense that he wants more from words and images than they can give, more from the senses than they can provide…. In long continuous tracking shots we move with the characters and inhabit their space, but abrupt cross-cuts between different scenes slice through the flow, and sudden extreme close-ups seem like an attempt to force us under the actors’ skins.
March 27, 2014
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