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High and Low (Two-Disc Special Edition)

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High and Low

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
Unrated
runtime:
143 minutes
performer:
Toshiro Mifune
director:
Akira Kurosawa
author:
63507
genre:
Foreign Language

We gave it an A-

In High and Low Director Akira Kurosawa (Seven Samurai) took an American crime novel — Ed McBain’s 1959 King’s Ransom — and transplanted it to his native Japan. The result is an epic doozy: a two-hour-plus thriller about a kidnapped child and the wealthy business executive (Kurosawa stalwart Mifune) who must deal with the fallout from the criminal’s demands. The extras include a fine 37-minute documentary in which Kurosawa declares, ”A truly good movie is interesting and easy to understand”…while the rest of the making-of demonstrates how difficult that is to pull off. Witness its many intricately timed sequences, such as the delivery of ransom money by throwing it off a moving train. Of High and Low‘s tense creation, one actor recalls that ”it all felt like a bad case of indigestion.” Not for viewers. A-

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