High and Low

High and Low

Directed by Akira Kurosawa • 1963 • Japan

Toshirô Mifune is unforgettable as Kingo Gondo, a wealthy industrialist whose family becomes the target of a cold-blooded kidnapper in High and Low (Tengoku to jigoku), the highly influential domestic drama and police procedural from director Akira Kurosawa. Adapting Ed McBain's detective novel King's Ransom, Kurosawa moves effortlessly from compelling race-against-time thriller to exacting social commentary, creating a diabolical treatise on contemporary Japanese society.

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High and Low
  • High and Low

    Directed by Akira Kurosawa • 1963 • Japan

    Toshirô Mifune is unforgettable as Kingo Gondo, a wealthy industrialist whose family becomes the target of a cold-blooded kidnapper in High and Low (Tengoku to jigoku), the highly influential domestic drama and police procedural from director Akira Kuros...

Extras

  • HIGH AND LOW Commentary

    This audio commentary recorded in 2008 features film historian Stephen Prince, author of “The Warrior’s Camera: The Cinema of Akira Kurosawa” and professor of film studies at Virginia Tech.

  • Toshiro Mifune

    In this rare interview, actor Toshiro Mifune shares stories about his life and acting career with popular Japanese TV talk-show host Tetsuko Kuroyanagi. The interview was recorded in 1981 for her show “Tetsuko no heya” (Tetsuko’s Room).

  • Tsutomu Yamazaki on HIGH AND LOW

    The following interview with award-winning actor Tsutomu Yamazaki, who plays the kidnapper, Takeuchi, in HIGH AND LOW, was recorded in Tokyo in 2008.

  • Michael Cera on HIGH AND LOW

  • Teaser Trailer

  • U.S. Theatrical Trailer