High and Low (1963)

Not Rated   |    |  Crime, Drama, Mystery


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An executive of a shoe company becomes a victim of extortion when his chauffeur's son is kidnapped and held for ransom.


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  • Akira Kurosawa and Toshirô Mifune in High and Low (1963)
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Director:

Akira Kurosawa

Writers:

Hideo Oguni (screenplay), Ryûzô Kikushima (screenplay), Eijirô Hisaita (screenplay), Akira Kurosawa (screenplay), Evan Hunter (novel)

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14 February 2001 | ross_d
10
| The masterpiece of the "police procedural" genre
This is one of the outstanding detective films. For me, the most remarkable feature of this film is its architecture - the beginning is a long, static set piece taking place in one room. however, about a third of the way through the movie, it erupts into action, showing the resourcefulness of a largely blue collar police force tracking a lone sociopathic criminal.

The film is a fascinating portrait of '60's Japan, but at the same time reveals its roots in Ed McBain's _King's Ransom_, from which it was taken.

This is one of those films which doesn't seem to age after several viewings. Especially affecting are the police detectives, whose proletarian roots contrast sharply with the cold insensitivity of the powerful corporate executives. But the police find a hero in Gondo, the rebellious general manager who stakes his entire fortune to rescue his chauffeur's son. The admiration that the police detectives feel for him is one of the key emotions in the film.

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,942 28 July 2002

Gross USA:

$46,808

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$46,808

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