High and Low (Tengoku to jigoku) (Heaven and Hell)
High and Low (Tengoku to jigoku) (Heaven and Hell) (1963)

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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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: October 13, 1998
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Critic Score: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
A.O. Scott
New York Times

One of the best detective thrillers ever filmed.

Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

One of the all-time-great 'procedurals'...the devilish fun is in the details for Kurosawa. [Blu-ray]

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

As the title suggests this is a film about the haves and the have-nots, or the high and the low.

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Keith Phipps
AV Club

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.

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Paul Brenner
Filmcritic.com

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.

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James Rocchi
Netflix

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.

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Paul Attanasio
Washington Post

High and Low illuminates its world with a wholeness and complexity you rarely see in film.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Kurosawa revels in the details of detection, as well as doing miraculous things with the composition of his widescreen frame.

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Jeremy Heilman
MovieMartyr.com

The pessimism that dominates the film becomes an oppressive turn-off.

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Flixster Audience Score: 95% Flixster User Reviews
Nicki Marie
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!… More
Aditya Gokhale
Akira Kurosawa's riveting kidnap + police-procedural drama is an absolute delight to watch. The reasons are many and this is perhaps one of the few… More
Apeneck Fletcher
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… More
Chris Weber
Prior to seeign this, I was only familiar with Kurosawa's historical period piece epics. As it turns out, he made many contemporary films as well, this… More
familiar stranger
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… More
Jan Marc Macababayao
High And Low is a masterpiece from Akira Kurosawa that challenges the mores of the affluent class. High And Low is a masterful exposition of a police procedure… More