High and Low (Tengoku to jigoku)1963
High and Low (Tengoku to jigoku) (1963)
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as Kingo Gondo
as Chief Detective Tokura
as Reiko Gondo
as Detective Taguchi
as Ginji Takeuchi
as Detective Arai
as Detective Nakao
as Detective Murata
as Detective Shimada
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Critic Reviews for High and Low (Tengoku to jigoku)
One of the best detective thrillers ever filmed.
While not a masterpiece on par with Kurosawa's best work, High And Low is a fine example of his craft, and further proof that it's not a few masterpieces but the overall scope of a career that defines a great director.
High and Low illuminates its world with a wholeness and complexity you rarely see in film.
It's like walking in a strange city without a map: You have no idea where you're headed, what's around the next corner, and where the touristy part of the city ends, and the red light district begins.
Working undercover as a kidnap thriller, Kurosawa's tale of moral contrasts never ceases to grip.
Audience Reviews for High and Low (Tengoku to jigoku)
Have to admit to some eye rolling when this was put on for me to watch. Initially looked like a very old movie and borefest, but I quickly had to eat my words! Very thought provoking and engrossing thriller. Is 143 minutes long, yet doesn't drag. Goes off in many directions and keeps you guessing. Fantastic.
A botched kidnapping can make for a taut thriller as Kurosawa proves in this fluid tale, years and years before CSI or any number of police procedurals (seemly broadcast hourly of late). The chase is the thing here, and Mifune's role, though central, is not the only game in town by any means. Very enjoyable watching the Toyko police go after their man.
Managed to hit the lows more than highs for me. The storyline wasn't gripping or interesting enough, although its main flaw being that for most of the time, it seemed as if the actors were supposed to look their part/character more rather than acting one. I'm no Kurosowa fan, but did enjoy Rashomon and had fair expectations from this one owing to that experience. Obviously being a Kurosowa flick didn't help any in sitting through this 140+ minutes long dramatic thriller.
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