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Friday, April 30, 2010

The Crimson Kimono (1959)

Marvelous Samuel Fuller pulp thriller takes place in the seedier habitats of Los Angeles. The film opens with the murder of a stripper in the streets of L.A. and the two detectives, one Caucasian (Glenn Corbett) and the other Asian (James Shigeta) assigned to the case who have a history together going back to the Korean war (they even live together). When both fall in love with a witness (Victoria Shaw) in the case, repressed racial tensions come into play. Once again, like SHOCK CORRIDOR, PICK UP ON SOUTH STREET and NAKED KISS, Fuller thrives in the lurid world of misfits, outsiders, strippers, criminals that serve as a contrast to the “normal” environs of a more respectable society.

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