High and Low
Tengoku no jigoku
Dir. Akira Kurosawa
Japan 1963 | Black & white | 143 mins | Cert 12
Cast: Toshiro Mifune, Kyoko Kagawa
Based on an Ed McBain crime novel, High and Low tells the gripping story of a high-stakes corporate kidnapping that goes wrong when a chauffeur’s son, thought to be the son of a businessman, is mistakenly abducted. Kurosawa’s usual compositional brilliance serves this tale of moral uncertainty exceedingly well, with Toshiro Mifune bringing great depth to his character.
Available on: DVD, 35mm
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