In The Crimson Kimono, Samuel Fuller tries to wrap up a murder mystery with an inter-racial romance. The mystery melodrama part of the film gets lost during the complicated romance, and the racial tolerance plea is cheapened by its inclusion in a film of otherwise straight action.
Fuller’s story has Glenn Corbett and James Shigeta as officers of the LA Homicide Squad, buddies since they were fellow-soldiers in the Korean War. When they meet artist Victoria Shaw, they’re investigating a murder. Corbett first falls in love with Shaw, then Shigeta succumbs.
The three principals bring credibility to their roles, not too easy during moments when belief is stretched considerably. Anna Lee, Paul Dubov, Jaclynne Green and Neyle Morrow are prominent in the supporting cast.