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High and Low-Movie Review 07/08/2010

Posted by Films to consider in Black & white, Japanese language film, Movies, Mystery, Suspense.

High and Low (Japanese) 1963/1998

Directed by Akira Kurosawa
Starring Toshiro Mifune
Based on King’s Ransom: An 87th Precinct Mystery, a detective novel by Ed McBain

Shot in black and white. A ruthless businessman is in the middle of a stealthy takeover deal when his young son is reported kidnapped. But the son’s friend was taken mistakenly, and the kidnapper still demands an outrageous ransom, one that will bankrupt the businessman.

The film follows the behind-the-scenes work of local police detectives as they methodically unravel the kidnapper’s motive and whereabouts. The businessman, meanwhile, openly struggles with doing the right thing for himself vs. others. The result is a satisfying mix of the rational approach of the police and the emotional effects on the family.

143 min. Unrated.
Digitally restored black and white film.


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