"The Crimson Kimono" stars Glenn Corbett and James Shigeta as Korean War army buddies, working side by side with the LA homicide squad. When stripper Gloria Pall is murdered, Corbett and Shigeta are sent to investigate. Both are smitten by the lovely Victoria Shaw, who is implicated in the crime. Corbett becomes jealous of Shigeta, who is deeply hurt, feeling that Corbett's animosity is borne of racism. Their friendship, and the central romance, is resolved after the detectives bring the murderer to heel in Los Angeles' Little Tokyo. Samuel Fuller's love of oriental exotica is never more pronounced than in the climactic sequences, staged before the backdrop of the Japanese New Year celebration.
The Culture of 'The Crimson Kimono' (2009, 10 mins): an analysis by filmmaker Curtis Hanson Switch-Hitting Between Three Triangles (2018, 15 mins): a new audiovisual essay by Cristina Alvarez Lopez
Sam Fuller Storyteller (2009, 25 mins): insightful documentary with contributions from Martin Scorsese and Wim Wenders, as well as Fuller's wife, Christa, and daughter, Samantha
Sam Fuller on Henry Chapier's Couch (1989, 22 mins): archival interview from French TV in which Fuller answers questions about his life
'The Typewriter, the Rifle and the Movie Camera' Rushes Tapes 01-06 (1996, 194 mins): unedited interview footage of Sam Fuller in conversation with actor Tim Robbins, recorded for Adam Simon's classic documentary
Original Theatrical Trailers
Image Gallery: publicity photography and promotional material