High and Low (Tengoku to jigoku)
High and Low (Tengoku to jigoku) (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: November 26, 1963
DVD Release Date: October 13, 1998
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Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
A.O. Scott
New York Times

One of the best detective thrillers ever filmed.

Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television

Superb crime thriller is one of Kurosawa's richest dramatic experiences.

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Paul Brenner

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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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.

Sarah Boslaugh

Gondo may not be wielding a sword, but he is as much a warrior as any of Mifune's samurai characters, and he really hates to lose.

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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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Paul Attanasio
Washington Post

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

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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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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
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
Kevin M. Williams
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
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
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
Ken Stachnik
Great great great noir and one of my favorite Kurosawa's.