A great period piece, made less than 15 years after the closure of the US internment camps. All US citizens of Japanese descent ( up to only 1/16 Japanese ancestry) were evicted, assets frozen and forcibly interned during WW2. It would not be until Pres. Carter that this was acknowledged as being for racist reasons rather than any evidence of security threat. A brave film for the time. Not just another noir.
Socially conscious and perhaps even provocative in it’s day, “The Crimson Kimono” feels like an attempt to spark a conversation that doesn’t really need to be had anymore. What’s left behind is a curious little B-Movie that works neither as a police procedural or a believable romance.
possibly deserves the title of unsung masterpiece. the whole film has a self-assured, idiosyncratic style, beautifully executed. not only ahead of its time but ahead of modern hollywood in its portrayal of a POC's experience of race and difference (not to mention the queer-interracial undertones), but more than the sum of its political parts. I wonder what modern japanese americans think of it.
If it's possible to have a gentle or sleight film-noir, then this is it. Beautifully put together and ahead of it's time in terms of content, it features two gorgeous, handsome leads and a pulpy, well written, clear story with a fantastically satisfying conclusion. A treat.
An explosive start with a dead stripper, and a sensible exploration of the Japanese American experience, but I wish more time had been used in the police procedural and less on romance and personal troubles. Still, I'd say this is an essential L.A. noir with all the outdoor scenes shot in the actual locations, like the rare glimpse of 1950s Little Tokyo.
4 1/2. Has to be one of the more interesting movies made in Hollywood in the 1950's, interracial romance, one of the lead detectives on the case is an Asian guy and he's not in anyway like the Charlie Chan stereotype, and of course strippers and martial arts. Sam Fuller does it again. WOW. Terrific film and especially a must-see for Angelinos.
Unusual police thriller - with some delicious lighting and startling editing choices - that abandons the crime plot for almost half its length to concentrate on interpersonal relationships. The epiphany is hokey, of course, but that only serves as a reminder that cinema itself is an elaborate contrivance to portray reality.