High and Low

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-

High and Low
  • Movie
  • 143 minutes