‘Crimson Kimono,’ Mystery Author Hirahara at JANM


A 1959 poster for "The Crimson Kimono" emphasized the interracial romance.

The Japanese American National Museum, First and Central in Little Tokyo, will participate in “Night and the City: L.A. Noir in Poetry, Fiction and Film” with a reading and screening on Saturday, Oct. 29.

Mystery author Naomi Hirahara. (Photo by J.K. Yamamoto/Rafu Shimpo)

At 2 p.m., “Kiss of Truth: Noir Women” will feature Naomi Hirahara, Edgar Award-winning author of a mystery series featuring gardener and sleuth Mas Arai (“Summer of the Big Bachi,” “Gasa-Gasa Girl,” “Snakeskin Shamisen,” “Blood Hina”), and poet Carol Lem, author of “Gathering the Pieces” and other collections, whose recent poems investigate family secrets and shady activities.

At 3 p.m., the noir classic “The Crimson Kimono” (1959) will be shown. Alan K. Rode, noir historian and member of the Film Noir Restoration Foundation, will introduce the film, which was written and directed by Samuel Fuller. Admission is $9 general, $5 for seniors and children.

Filmed on location in Little Tokyo, “The Crimson Kimono” stars James Shigeta and Glenn Corbett as LAPD detectives investigating the murder of a stripper named Sugar Torch. Joe Kojaku and Charlie Bancroft have been friends since they served together in the Korean War, but their relationship is threatened when they both fall in love with Christine Downs (Victoria Shaw), a key witness in the case. The cast includes Rafu Shimpo columnist George Yoshinaga as Willy Hidaka.

Shigeta starred in a number of films in the late ’50s and early ’60s, including the romantic lead in “Walk Like a Dragon,” “Bridge to the Sun” and “Flower Drum Song.”

“Night and the City” is a citywide event produced by the Los Angeles Poetry Festival and Beyond Baroque. For a complete schedule, visit www.lapoetryfestival.org.

Contact the museum at (213) 625-0414 or visit www.janm.org.

Detectives Joe Kojaku (James Shigeta) and Charlie Bancroft (Glenn Corbett) interrogate a suspect in a scene from "The Crimson Kimono."


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