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High and Low is an intricate film noir, where the intense police hunt for the kidnapper, led by the tenacious Inspector Tokuro (Tatsuya Nakadai), is accompanied by penetrating insight into the kidnapper's state of mind. Kurosawa's virtuoso direction provides no easy answers, and in short, intense sequences he portrays the businessman, the police and the criminal as equally brutal but.Kurosawa's films with contemporary settings have often dwelt on the corruption of the powerful, in particular on the world of business. But here, as the prerogatives of business clash with personal obligations, it's a businessman who must run the gauntlet of conscience. The film's first act, dealing with Mifune's discovery and tortured decision-making process is a.High and Low is considered by many commentators to be among the director's strongest works. Kurosawa. In the film's soundtrack, Kurosawa favored the sound-image counterpoint, in which the music or sound effects appeared to comment ironically on the image rather than emphasizing it. Teruyo Nogami's memoir gives several such examples from Drunken Angel and Stray Dog. Kurosawa was also.
High and Low is a great movie, one of the few where you know all the answers, but the tension remains palpable. Well before the end of the picture, you’ll know who did what and why, but you’ll still be unable to divert your attention. This is thanks to a great source story from Ed McBain and a skillful adaptation by Akira Kurosawa, as the story is what drives High and Low. The performances.
High and Low (1963) (Tengoku to jigoku) directed by Akira Kurosawa Frames in this review are taken from the Criterion DVD released in 1998. This is a series of two articles. The second article compares this film with its source material, Ed McBain’s detective novel King’s Ransom. Akira Kurosawa is often mentioned in film critique as a Japanese director who was too Western to be successful.
Akira Kurosawa has eight or nine.” Through masterpieces such as Kagemusha, Seven Samurai, and High and Low, Akira Kurosawa (1910 98) influenced directors from George Lucas and Steven Spielberg to Martin Scorsese, and his groundbreaking innovations in cinematography and editing, combined with his storytelling, made him a cinematic icon. In this succinct biography, Peter Wild evaluates.
Leave it to Kurosawa to make an hour of listing evidence and clues exciting. High and Low is tight, tense, and engaging, but what makes it so great for me is that Kurosawa (based on the book King's Ransom by Ed McBain) uses an almost Dante-like structuring of the three points of view by which this story is told. Each act is a discrete and self-contained plot with its own beginning, middle, and.
Through a series of essays, vignettes, poems and fictional excursions, Tokyo-based author Peter Tasker pays homage to one of the world’s greatest creative spirits: Akira Kurosawa. In this book, Tasker explores and cherishes the wealth of beauty and wisdom in Kurosawa’s more than 30 films, provides insightful commentary on Kurosawa’s life, and sheds light on some of Kurosawa’s lesser.
High and Low (1963) From the very start of his career, Akira Kurosawa was concerned with exploring the class divide, delving into the things that separates the wealthy from the poor. He had perhaps never explored this idea so nakedly as he did in High and Low, called Heaven and Hell in Japan, a film split in two just as the society it depicts is.
From here on out, High and Low transforms into a detailed police procedural (strengthened by strong performances from Tatsuya Nakadai and Kenjiro Ishiyama, among others) that maintains a potent level of suspense, from the discovery of damning evidence all the way to the thrilling final standoff between hero and villain. But again, as luck would have it, Kurosawa refuses to take the easy way.
My 6th Kurosawa film after Seven Samurai, Throne of Blood, Yojimbo, Ikiru, and Rashoman. High and Low is now my new favorite of the bunch. I loved the first 5 Kurosawa films I watched (with Seven Samurai and Ikiru being my top favorites), but now this takes the cake for being my new favorite Kurosawa film. With my favorite genre being crime.
Akira Kurosawa (23 March 1910 — 6 September 1998) is. personal aspects of the master’s wide array of low-key, contemporary dramas and potent literary adaptations. With 30 titles to his name as a director since his 1943 debut Sanshiro Sugata (and many more as a screenwriter), distilling Kurosawa’s must-see titles into a tidy top 10 list is something of a fools errand. There is nothing.
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Kurosawa returned to Shakespeare once again in the high point of his late-career phase, using King Lear as a jumping-off point for a period piece about an aging warlord divvying up his kingdom.
High and Low simply takes it one step further, elevating the film to the heights of Kurosawa's most accessible and satisfying achievements. Originally released on Region 1 DVD by Criterion ten years ago, it's no secret that High and Low was in dire need of a facelift. The non-anamorphic transfer bested older laserdiscs by a modest margin.
High And Low rarely gets mentioned when cinephiles talk about the medium’s most masterful formal achievements. Even among Akira Kurosawa’s films, Seven Samurai, Throne Of Blood, and Ran are more likely to be cited for purely visual mastery, if only because they’re all more superficially dynamic.
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