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Tengoku to jigoku

Akira Kurosawa Japon, 1963

El Biffo's rating of the film Entre le ciel et l'enfer

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.