In the midst of an attempt to take over his company, a powerhouse executive is hit with a huge ransom demand when his servants son is kidnapped. An adaption of Ed McBain’s detective novel King’s Ransom.
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One of Kurosawas few "Presens day" films. High and Low is a suspensfull Thriller that can easily beat out the best in the Genre. The whole premise or the mise en scene, i mean the entire first 55 minutes are taking place in one single room! The actors are great which shouldn't come as a suprise if you got Nakadai and Mifune in one Film.Timeless.
I just love how Kurosawa build pressure during the film. I think it's a very good picture that can represent the meaning of thriller. I loved it, the ending was very good. Very good acting and I think its a must see picture of Kurosawa.
A great crime drama, but so much more than that - A profound portrait of tragedy and malice that permeates class distinctions in a fluid way, like a liquid poison. This film takes us from a luxury mansion to "junkie alley" and back again, with an incredible scene along the way, a chaotic noisy jukebox whisky bar so meticulously orchestrated that it's cinematic power is overwhelming and undeniable.
The movie's great, but the morality is wrong. The police could have arrested the bad guy for the kidnapping, and his little experiment with the woman junkie wouldn't have happened, and she'd still be alive. So they traded her life so they could kill the bad guy. Not the right message. But she's just a junkie ...
Kurosawa proves yet again that he was a master of the craft with this gripping thriller that never lets up from beginning to end and you never really know what direction the film will take next. A true masterpiece of filmmaking.
Rather than spend my time and praise this film and its script like everyone else, I'd like to point out how a seemimgly forgettable shot can sum up an entire film. The shot in question occurs during the last half-hour when we enter a bar full of tourists. It's the shot of mirrors reflecting the crowd along with prices of the drinks. In short, in one instance, Kurosawa juxtaposes people's social image with capitalism.