High and Low
DIRECTOR: AKIRA KUROSAWA
CAST: TOSHIRO MIFUNE, TATSUYA NAKADAI, KYOKO KAGAWA, TATSUYA MIHASHI
SCREENPLAY - RYUZO KIKUSHIMA, HIDEO OGUNI, AKIRA KUROSAWA, EIJIRO HISAITA
CINEMATOGRAPHY - ASAKAZU NAKAI, TAKAO SAITO
MUSIC - MASARU SATO
Kurosawa’s staggering formal genius is on full display in this tense kidnapping thriller based on an Ed McBain novel and set in contemporary Japan, starring Toshiro Mifune as a rich industrialist thrown into a nerve-shredding situation, first believing his son has been kidnapped, only to discover it was his chauffeur’s child. Enveloping extended set pieces, constant visual invention, geometric precision of framing, and fascinating narrative structure make High & Low a gripping take on the animosity sown by vast economic disparity.