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A.k.a.
High and Low
Year
1963
Runtime
143 min.
Director
Akira Kurosawa
Genres
Crime, Drama, Thriller, Mystery
Rating *
8.4
Votes *
16,704
Checks
5,174
Favs
994
Dislikes
21
Favs/checks
19.2% (1:5)
Favs/dislikes
47:1
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  1. xrobin87x's avatar

    xrobin87x

    so far my favorite kurosawa. pleasant surprise! 10 years 5 months ago
  2. rymikes's avatar

    rymikes

    One of his [Kurosawa] strongest for sure, with Toshiro Mifune giving yet another knockout performance. 11 years 1 month ago
  3. hale's avatar

    hale

    "In place of some clarification of what all this might mean, then, we are left with Gondo alone, facing a blank barrier. At the beginning of the movie, caught up in the effort to grab the company’s power for himself, he was already treading a dangerously individualistic path. Now he has finally succeeded in being fully alone in a society in which lives impinge relentlessly one on another, and has thereby—whether he wanted to or not—achieved the solitariness that was the kidnapper’s whole identity. The two have essentially become one—but we already knew that from the way the face of each, staring through the glass, was superimposed on the other. Takeuchi is a demon of isolation, defiantly cut loose from those indispensable ties of human contact that are measured throughout every frame of High and Low by a constant play of glances and postures. Hierarchies and group identities, and the impulses that can undermine them from within, are charted so clearly that we can draw the invisible lines connecting any character with any other character. From moment to moment they cannot help but show us where they are. " 7 years ago
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  1. This movie ranks #8 in IMDb's 1960s Top 50
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  4. This movie ranks #15 in IMDb's Mystery Top 50
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  7. This movie ranks #24 in The Criterion Collection
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  8. This movie ranks #56 in BIFF's Asian Cinema 100
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  9. This movie ranks #78 in IMDb's Top 250
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  11. This movie ranks #338 in Sight & Sound's The Greatest Films of All Time
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  14. This movie ranks #377 in The New York Times's Book of Movies
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