High and Low (Tengoku to jigoku) (Heaven and Hell) (1963)

High and Low (Tengoku to jigoku) (Heaven and Hell) (1963)

High and Low (Tengoku to jigoku) (Heaven and Hell)




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Toshirô Mifune is unforgettable as Kingo Gondo, a wealthy industrialist whose family becomes the target of a cold-blooded kidnapper in Akira Kurosawa's highly influential High and Low (Tengoku to jigoku).

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Ryuzo Kikushima, Hideo Oguni, Akira Kurosawa
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 13, 1998
Criterion Collection


as Kingo Gondo

as Reiko Gondo's Wife

as Inspector Tokura

as Detective Taguchi

as Detective Arai

as Director

as Detective Murata

as Det. Shimado

as Ginji Takeuchi

as Commissioner

as Detective Nakao

as Kawanishi

as Reporter
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Critic Reviews for High and Low (Tengoku to jigoku) (Heaven and Hell)

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (5)

One of the best detective thrillers ever filmed.

May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

While not a masterpiece on par with Kurosawa's best work, High And Low is a fine example of his craft, and further proof that it's not a few masterpieces but the overall scope of a career that defines a great director.

Full Review… | June 13, 2002
AV Club
Top Critic

High and Low illuminates its world with a wholeness and complexity you rarely see in film.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
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Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Chicago Reader
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

One of the all-time-great 'procedurals'...the devilish fun is in the details for Kurosawa. [Blu-ray]

Full Review… | August 1, 2011
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Audience Reviews for High and Low (Tengoku to jigoku) (Heaven and Hell)

Have to admit to some eye rolling when this was put on for me to watch. Initially looked like a very old movie and borefest, but I quickly had to eat my words!
Very thought provoking and engrossing thriller. Is 143 minutes long, yet doesn't drag. Goes off in many directions and keeps you guessing. Fantastic.

Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

A botched kidnapping can make for a taut thriller as Kurosawa proves in this fluid tale, years and years before CSI or any number of police procedurals (seemly broadcast hourly of late). The chase is the thing here, and Mifune's role, though central, is not the only game in town by any means. Very enjoyable watching the Toyko police go after their man.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

Managed to hit the lows more than highs for me. The storyline wasn't gripping or interesting enough, although its main flaw being that for most of the time, it seemed as if the actors were supposed to look their part/character more rather than acting one. I'm no Kurosowa fan, but did enjoy Rashomon and had fair expectations from this one owing to that experience. Obviously being a Kurosowa flick didn't help any in sitting through this 140+ minutes long dramatic thriller.

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