High and Low Movie Review Summary

Actors: Toshiro Mifune

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Kingo Gondo (Mifune), a weatlthy shoe manufacturing executive, has leveraged all his personal income to gain control of the company and keep it from more greedy and incompetent executives. Unfortunately, at this critical moment a kidnapper calls in and says he has Gondo's son. Gondo will have to ruin himself financially to pay the ransom. But then it turns out the kidnapper(s) have screwed up and taken the son of the chauffeur's executive, not his own. Gondo must decide whether to pay the money to rescue him. The second half of the film shifts into police procedural mode and concentrates on the manhunt overseen by Chief Detective Tokura (Nakadai). Kurosawa combines character study, social commentary, and police procedural, as well as stressing the similarities between his "hero" and "villain" as much as the contrasts, in this 1963 film, based on the Evan Hunter (as Ed McBain) novel _King's Ransom_.
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The review of this Movie prepared by David Loftus

High and Low is a 1963 movie directed by japanese director Akira Kurosawa starring Toshiro Mifune.

Toshiro Mifune is a wealthy executive in a shoe factory. His servant's only son is kidnapped by mistake. Nonetheless, the kidnapper wants Mifune to pay a ransom.

Adapted from an Ed McBain novel of the "87th Precinct" serie.

The review of this Movie prepared by Daniel Staebler

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1960's-1970's Crime & Scandal    -   Yes Story of    -   criminals stealing from honest people    -   life in drug culture    -   rescuing from kidnappers Job/Profession/Poverty Story?    -   Yes Job:    -   businessman, big

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   business executive Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Japanese


Asia/Pacific/Middle East    -   Yes Asian country:    -   Japan City?    -   Yes City:    -   dirty, grimy (like New York)    -   dangerous    -   wealthy Misc setting    -   fancy mansion    -   prison    -   moving train    -   bar

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Is this movie based on a    -   book

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