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High and Low (Tengoku to jigoku) Reviews

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December 3, 2016
Superb crime thriller is one of Kurosawa's richest dramatic experiences.
August 9, 2016
Gondo may not be wielding a sword, but he is as much a warrior as any of Mifune's samurai characters, and he really hates to lose.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
August 1, 2011
One of the all-time-great 'procedurals'...the devilish fun is in the details for Kurosawa. [Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
February 18, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 1, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
November 13, 2006
Kurosawa revels in the details of detection, as well as doing miraculous things with the composition of his widescreen frame.
July 19, 2006
As the title suggests this is a film about the haves and the have-nots, or the high and the low.
Full Review | Original Score: B
October 21, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
July 1, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
June 30, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
May 9, 2005
One of the best detective thrillers ever filmed.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
November 7, 2002
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
October 23, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
June 13, 2002
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.
May 15, 2001
expertly weaves a police tale with social commentary while remaining a character study above all.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
January 1, 2000
High and Low illuminates its world with a wholeness and complexity you rarely see in film.
August 22, 2002
The pessimism that dominates the film becomes an oppressive turn-off.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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