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High and Low

High and Low

High and Low

1963 / 143min / 35mm

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

The staggering formal genius of Kurosawa 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, visual geometric precision, and fascinating narrative structure make High & Low a gripping take on Japan’s wide economic disparity.