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Ratings & Reviews

  1. Johnny Mislow's rating of the film High and Low

    By far one of the darkest, coolest, intense noir films I've seen, not to mention the sheer beauty in that shot ratio and photography... easy favorite.

  2. Jo's rating of the film High and Low

  3. dordai_robert's rating of the film High and Low

  4. Fabien Alloin's rating of the film High and Low

    Un des films les plus remarquables de Kurosawa. Le changement de point de vue à la moitié du film est formidablement pensé. Je vais utiliser un gros mot mais tant pis : chef d'œuvre.

  5. Tibulle85's rating of the film High and Low

  6. Lex Lucas's rating of the film High and Low

    Kurosawa's blocking and composition are awesome. The main dilemma was intense, then the rest was like a good noir with a haunting ending scene.

  7. John Baldwin's rating of the film High and Low

    All I can add to what others have said is that I'd rather see this film than anything by Hitchcock... and I really like Hitchcock.

  8. Viginti_tres's rating of the film High and Low

    This is how 3D should be used in film. The way Kurosawa frames every depth of the shot is constantly impressive and engrossing. The story is not as strong a second time around. The format for the crime-procedural may be predicated on this but its not a perfect iteration of the style. The exposition becomes blunt and irrelevant, overwhelming the meatier social themes and character work.

  9. Amadeus Magnus's rating of the film High and Low

    another stupid ending. wasted masterpiece.

  10. Ethan's rating of the film High and Low

    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.

  11. FISCHER's rating of the film High and Low

    Etonnant film noir nippon qui mêle finement thriller poignant et pensée humaniste... www.cinefiches.com

  12. Chris's rating of the film High and Low

    Kurosawa can do no wrong, especially when coupled with Mifune

  13. belemir's rating of the film High and Low

  14. Gonçalo Rosas's rating of the film High and Low

    10 - That "drug alley" and ending sequences could have been edited into a montage of Youtube Poop clips and the thing would still be a stone-cold classic. Holy shit.

  15. Cinema Omnivore's rating of the film High and Low

    8.5/10, my review: http://wp.me/p1eXom-2L7

  16. Alexander Dunkelberger's rating of the film High and Low

    Very few directors had their craft so perfected like Kurosawa’s is. This guy really knew what he was doing with a camera, and it shows from the first moments to the last. Mifune is great as always, showing more range than he seems to be given credit for.

  17. Umberto L.'s rating of the film High and Low

  18. Esra Yılmaz's rating of the film High and Low

  19. patchwork's rating of the film High and Low

    capolavoro sena mezzi termini, dove tutto è perfetto: regia (raccordi e controcampi magnifici), fotografia (la struttura su più livelli dell'immagine è sempre sorprendente), luci, costruzione, gestione dei tempi. Un poliziesco costruito come un ingranaggio impeccabile e con un nichilismo di fondo che colpisce ancora oggi (grazie anche a un finale brusco e disperato). Standing ovation

  20. Aardsy's rating of the film High and Low

    Perfect tension and procedure. A masterpiece.

  21. James Mackin's rating of the film High and Low

    Kurosawa created the modern procedural here.

  22. El Biffo's rating of the film High and Low

    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.

  23. ASHES IN THE HOURGLASS's rating of the film High and Low

    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.

  24. Sinfjötli's rating of the film High and Low

    Kurosawa was a master craftsman, he employed filmic language in storytelling as skilfully as Dostoyevsky did words. In High and Low, his characters are reflections of human brutality and weakness shot through with a disarming sense of righteousness. The impact their multivalence, and the complex motives of their actions, has through the camera is a testament of film's power when placed in the hands of a true artist.

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