High and Low 1963
Title: High and Low
Original title: Tengoku to jigoku
Release year: 1963
Country: Japan

An executive of a Yokohama shoe company becomes a victim of extortion when his chauffeur’s son is kidnapped by mistake and held for ransom.

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“High and Low” is a 1963 Japanese crime thriller film directed by Akira Kurosawa. The film is based on the novel “King’s Ransom” by American crime author Ed McBain.

The story follows a wealthy businessman named Kingo Gondo (played by Toshiro Mifune), who is about to take over a shoe company. However, he receives a phone call from a kidnapper who has mistakenly taken his chauffeur’s son instead of his own. Gondo is faced with a dilemma: pay the ransom and lose his chance to acquire the company, or refuse to pay and risk the life of an innocent child.

The film explores themes of morality, social class, and the corrupting influence of wealth. It is also noted for its use of split screens, which are used to show simultaneous action and create tension.

“High and Low” has been widely acclaimed by critics and is considered one of Kurosawa’s finest films. It has been praised for its suspenseful plot, strong performances, and commentary on contemporary Japanese society.

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Director: Akira Kurosawa
Actor: Akio Kusama,Akira Nagoya,Bin Furuya,Eijirô Tôno,Gen Shimizu,Haruo Suzuki,Hiroshi Unayama,Ikio Sawamura,Isao Kimura,Isao Onoda,Jun Hamamura,Jun Kondô,Jun Tazaki,Kamatari Fujiwara,Kazuo Katô,Kazuo Kitamura,Keiko Tomita,Kenji Kodama,Kenjirô Ishiyama,Kin Sugai,Kiyoshi Yamamoto,Kô Nishimura,Kôji Kiyomura,Kôji Mitsui,Kôzô Nomura,Kyôko Kagawa,Kyû Sazanka,Masahiko Shimazu,Masao Oda,Masao Shimizu,Miki Yashiro,Minoru Chiaki,Minoru Itô,Nobuo Nakamura,Satoshi Suzuki,Seiichi Taguchi,Senkichi Ômura,Susumu Fujita,Takashi Shimura,Takeo Matsushita,Takeshi Katô,Tatsuya Mihashi,Tatsuya Nakadai,Toshio Egi,Toshirô Mifune,Tsutomu Yamazaki,Yoshifumi Tajima,Yoshio Tsuchiya,Yoshisuke Makino,Yûnosuke Itô,Yutaka Sada