Monday, February 23, 2009
Title: High and Low
Director/Writers: Akira Kurosawa/Eijirô Hisaita, Ryuzo Kikushima, Akira Kurosawa, Hideo Oguni
Cast: Toshirō Mifune, Tatsuya Nakadai, Kyōko Kagawa
Languages: Japanese, with English subtitles.
Duration: 143 minutes.
Plot Outline: The great Toshiro Mifune stars as a wealthy industrialist who has just raised a large sum of money to execute his planned takeover of a successful shoe manufacturer. Fate intervenes when he receives a phone call informing him that his son has been kidnapped, and by unfortunate coincidence the ransom demand is nearly equivalent to the amount Mifune has raised for his corporate coup. A philosophical dilemma emerges when it is revealed that the executive's son is safe, and that it is actually his chauffeur's son who has been taken. What follows is both a tense detective thriller, as the police attempt to track down the kidnapper, and a compelling illustration of class division in Japan--the "high and low" of the title.
Well-made, compulsively watchable American-style crime drama, although it's sort of uneven, the plot gets fairly ridiculous at times, and it contains some clumsily handled social criticism.
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Posted by soandso at 7:59 AM