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High and Low 1963

Known for his historical epics, director Akira Kurosawa was also a fan of American film noir and detective novels -- which explains why he based High and Low (also known as Heaven and Hell) on an Ed McBain story. Toshir˘ Mifune plays a wealthy corporate boss who must choose between saving his company and paying the ransom for his chauffeur's kidnapped child. Kurosawa uses his brilliant visual style to reinforce the film's sociological themes.

Running Time:142 minutes
Directed By:
Akira KurosawaAkira Kurosawa
Written By:
No image existsEijir˘ Hisaita
No image existsEvan Hunter
No image existsRyuzo Kikushima
Akira KurosawaAkira Kurosawa
No image existsHideo Oguni
No image existsHayakawa Shobo
Toshiro MifuneToshiro Mifune
No image existsTatsuya Nakadai
No image existsKyoko Kagawa
No image existsTatsuya Mihashi
No image existsIsao Kimura
No image existsTakeshi Kato
No image existsTakashi Shimura
No image existsJun Tazaki
No image existsNobuo Nakamura
No image existsYűnosuke It˘
No image existsTsutomu Yamazaki
No image existsMinoru Chiaki
No image existsEijir˘ Tono

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High and Low Movie Review by Movie Addict (11/30/2008)

What a film! It is almost underwhelming, but it is powerful.

Akira Kurosawa teams up again with Toshir˘ Mifune to make a film that has Japanese honor and American roots.

Those that have seen Ransom know the basics of this film. Those familiar with Ed McBain and his 87th Precinct stories also know the basics as this was...

(complete High and Low review by Movie Addict)

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