High and Low

High and Low

Director: Akira Kurosawa Cast: Toshiro Mifune, Kyoko Kagawa, Tatsuya Nakadai


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Based on King's Ransom, an "87th Precinct" novel by Ed McBain (aka Evan Hunter), High and Low stars Toshiro Mifune as Gondo, a wealthy industrialist. Gondo is contacted by a gang of kidnappers, who inform him that they've kidnapped his son. The crooks demand a huge ransom for the boy's return -- an amount so huge that it will utterly bankrupt Gondo. As the harried businessman prepares to pay the ransom, he discovers that his son is safe at home: the kidnappers have accidentally snatched the son of his chauffeur. Does Gondo drop his payoff plans, or does he do the honorable thing and rescue his employee's son? This dilemma is but one aspect of the multilayered character study from the unbeatable team of star Toshiro Mifune and filmmaker Akira Kurosawa, who directs this superb film with his usual depth and impeccable eye for detail and character. As a man forced to make impossible decisions, Mifune gives a nuanced, perceptive and psychologically convincing performance. While not one of Kurosawa's master works, High and Low, with its grim reality and moral ambiguity stands as a superb example of film noir at its best. High and Low was originally released in Japan as Tengoku To-Jigoku.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/06/2000
UPC: 0037429127131
Original Release: 1962
Rating: NR
Source: Homevision

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Toshiro Mifune Kingo Gondo
Kyoko Kagawa Reiko, Gondo's Wife
Tatsuya Nakadai Inspector Tokura
Yutaka Sada Aoki
Kenjiro Ishiyama Detective Taguchi
Ko Kimura Detective Arai
Takashi Shimura Director
Yoshio Tsuchiya Detective Murata
Hiroshi Unayama Det. Shimado
Tsutomu Yamazaki Ginji Takeuchi
Susumu Fujita Commissioner
Takeshi Kato Detective Nakao
Tatsuya Mihashi Kawanishi
Koji Mitsui Reporter

Technical Credits
Akira Kurosawa Director,Screenwriter
Eijiro Hisaita Screenwriter
Ryuzo Kikushima Producer,Screenwriter
Shinobu Muraki Production Designer
Yoshiro Muraki Art Director
Choichi Nakai Cinematographer
Asakazu Nakai Cinematographer
Hideo Oguni Screenwriter
Takao Saito Cinematographer
Masaru Sato Score Composer
Tomoyuki Tanaka Producer
Herman G. Weinberg Translator

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kurosawa deftly proves that he can maneuver the streets and locals of upscale and urban modern Japan just was assuredly as he can the villages and battlefields of feudal Japan. This taught thriller is split into two: a father coming to terms with his own class when he discovers after threat of extortion that the child he thought was his own that was kidnapped is the child of one of his servants and the police force that follows up the case in the second half of the film. A text book drama on how to keep tension laced through the entire film. Hitchcock would be proud.
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