High and Low


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High and Low

  1. Saturday, March 23, 2013 3:00 p.m.
Still image from the film High and Low
When his chauffeur's son is kidnapped, business executive Kingo Gondo (in a commanding performance by Kurosawa favorite Toshirô Mifune) must decide if he will sacrifice his fortune and control of his company to pay the ransom. Transporting Ed McBain's police procedural King's Ransom to 1960s Japan, Kurosawa makes both Gondo's moral struggle and the sprawling hunt for the kidnapper feel vivid and compellingly unpredictable. Shifting between the worlds of the executive and the criminal, the film reveals the deep divide separating the powerful and peripheral, culminating in an unforgettable final scene where these worlds forcefully collide. (35mm presentation)