Based on the Ed McBain novel, High and Low is a gripping police thriller starring Toshiro Mifune. Wealthy industrialist Kingo Gondo (Mifune) faces an agonising choice when a ruthless kidnapper, aiming to snatch his young son, takes the chauffeur's boy by mistake - but still demands the ransom, leaving Gondo facing ruin if he pays up. An anatomy of the inequalities in modern Japanese society, High and Low is a complex film noir, where the intense police hunt for the kidnapper is accompanied by penetrating insight into the kidnappers state of mind. Kurosawa's virtuoso direction provides no easy answers, and in short, intense sequences, he portrays the businessman, the police and the criminal as equally brutal but nonetheless human.
One that i would easily put amongst the very best i've seen overall, a classic of it's kind and well worth seeing.
The only problem is that it is not available on Blu-ray as The Criterion Collection Edition which is in this superior format (especially for the older features) is only available in the Americas on Region A, it really ought to be made available for the other regions.
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