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High and Low (Tengoku to jigoku) (1963)

High and Low
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Toshirô Mifune Toshirô Mifune
Kingo Gondo
Tatsuya Nakadai Tatsuya Nakadai
Chief Detective Tokura
Kyôko Kagawa Kyôko Kagawa
Reiko Gondo
Tatsuya Mihashi Tatsuya Mihashi
Kawanishi - Gondo's Secretary
Isao Kimura Isao Kimura
Detective Arai
Kenjirô Ishiyama Kenjirô Ishiyama
Chief Detective 'Bos'n' Taguchi
Takeshi Katô Takeshi Katô
Detective Nakao
Takashi Shimura Takashi Shimura
Chief of Investigation Section


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Hideo Oguni Hideo Oguni
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Ryûzô Kikushima Ryûzô Kikushima
(screenplay)


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8 years, 7 months ago at Jun 20 19:40
This film reminded me of Fritz Lang's 'M' in many ways, particularly with its dark and moody setting. It's a classic Kurosawa film with another powerhouse performance from Toshiro Mifune. The man is such a presence on screen.

The plot revolves around the kidnapping of a young boy who is mistakenly identified as the son of a powerful corporate shoe salesman. Torn between whether he ... read more

A very good movie

4 years, 10 months ago at Mar 31 11:28
In its own genre (kidnapping/ransom), it is easily the best movie ever made. No shootings, no chases, no explosions,.... Just a captivating story brought by an amazing cast and it shows that Kurosowa is a director with a very wide range. Definitely worth a look, especially if you're Kurosawa fan.
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At a crucial point in his business life, executive Gondo learns that his son has been kidnapped and that the ransom demanded is near the amount Gondo has raised for a critical business deal. Gondo is prepared to pay the ransom - that is, until he learns that the kidnappers have mistakenly abducted not Gondo's son, but the child of Gondo's chauffeur. Now Gondo must decide whether the other man's child is equally worth saving.
Release date: 26 November 1963
UPC: 037429130322
Tags: 1960s (11), Japan (9), 1963 (7), Drama (6), Crime (5), Kidnapping (4), Japanese (3), Suicide (3), Architecture (3), Kurosawa (2), Shoe (2), Not Foreign Language (2), Executive (2), Not Foreign (2), Home (2), Thriller (2), Foreign Language (2), Drug (2), Bw (2), Train (2)
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