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High and Low (Tengoku to jigoku)

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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
(screenplay)
Ryûzô Kikushima Ryûzô Kikushima
(screenplay)


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A very good movie

11 years, 10 months ago at Mar 31 11:28
More than 20 years ago, I started to get really interested in movies and I started to discover the great classics. In this journey, one of my first discoveries would be Akira Kurosawa. In the 90’s, I have seen many of his movies and he has been ever since one of my favorite directors. Even though Kurosawa has been mostly famous for his samuraï movies (‘Rashomon’, ‘Ran’, ‘Kagemusha’,... read more

Right up there with Kurasawa's best

5 months, 4 weeks ago at Aug 4 13:25
Not my favourite Akira Kurasawa film by all means, but for me definitely in the top 10 of his best films. Perhaps the final sequence is a little too safe, but it's not too much of a big problem compared to how good everything else is. Kurasawa's movies all have the advantage of being well made and directed, and High and Low is certainly no exception. The single-set scenery is both atmospheric and ... read more
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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 (10), Japan (9), 1963 (8), Drama (7), Crime (6), Japanese (5), Kidnapping (4), Bw (3), Architecture (3), Suicide (3), Thriller (3), Shoe (2), Not Foreign (2), Executive (2), Drug (2), Train (2), Kurosawa (2), Home (2), Not Foreign Language (2), Police (2)
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Right up there with Kurasawa's best

“Not my favourite Akira Kurasawa film by all means, but for me definitely in the top 10 of his best films. Perhaps the final sequence is a little too safe, but it's not too much of a big problem compared to how good everything else is. Kurasawa's movies all have the advantage of being well made and directed, and High and Low is certainly no exception. The single-set scenery is both atmospheric and epic, and the cinematography is as ever exceptional. While Kurasawa's direction is one of his more subtle overall directorial jobs, it never undermines the riveting and tense feel of the always compelling story. The score is suitably haunting, and Toshiro Mifune's lead performance is very brooding.All in all, a superb film and one of Kurasawa's best. 10/10 Bethany Cox” read more

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