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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.