High and Low (Tengoku to jigoku) (Heaven and Hell)
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High and Low (Tengoku to jigoku) (Heaven and Hell)
Toshirô Mifune is unforgettable as Kingo Gondo, a wealthy industrialist whose family becomes the target of a cold-blooded kidnapper in Akira Kurosawa's highly influential High and Low (Tengoku to jigoku).

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"One of the best detective thrillers ever filmed."
‑ A.O. Scott, New York Times
"One of the all-time-great 'procedurals'...the devilish fun is in the details for Kurosawa. [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"As the title suggests this is a film about the haves and the have-nots, or the high and the low."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"expertly weaves a police tale with social commentary while remaining a character study above all."
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"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."
‑ Keith Phipps, AV Club
"The images populate the widescreen frame like a pressure cooker that is ready to blow up. And in High and Low, blow up they do."
‑ Paul Brenner, Filmcritic.com
"One of the greatest cops-and-crooks films ever made, High and Low is a combination of immensely powerful psychodrama and exquisitely detailed police procedural."
‑ James Rocchi, Netflix
"High and Low illuminates its world with a wholeness and complexity you rarely see in film."
‑ Paul Attanasio, Washington Post
"Kurosawa revels in the details of detection, as well as doing miraculous things with the composition of his widescreen frame."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"The pessimism that dominates the film becomes an oppressive turn-off."
‑ Jeremy Heilman, MovieMartyr.com
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