High and Low (Tengoku to jigoku) (Heaven and Hell) (1962)
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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).
Nov 26, 1963 Wide
Oct 13, 1998
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One of the best detective thrillers ever filmed.
High and Low illuminates its world with a wholeness and complexity you rarely see in film.
One of the all-time-great 'procedurals'...the devilish fun is in the details for Kurosawa. [Blu-ray]
The images populate the widescreen frame like a pressure cooker that is ready to blow up. And in High and Low, blow up they do.
Kurosawa revels in the details of detection, as well as doing miraculous things with the composition of his widescreen frame.
As the title suggests this is a film about the haves and the have-nots, or the high and the low.
One of the greatest cops-and-crooks films ever made, High and Low is a combination of immensely powerful psychodrama and exquisitely detailed police procedural.
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.
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