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High and Low

(Tengoku to jigoku)

by Kurosawa Akira

Japan

 

Entre le ciel et l'enfer

Director: Kurosawa Akira

Script.: Kurosawa Akira, Hisaita Eijirô, Kikushima Ryuzo, Oguni Hideo, Eva Hunter

Cinema.: Nakai Asakazu, Saitô Takao

Sound: Yanugochi Fumio

Music: Satô Masaru, Franz Schubert

Cast: Kagawa Kyoko, Nakadai Tatsuya, Mifune Toshiro, Mihashi Tatsuya, Kimura Isao

Production : Toho, Kurosawa Production Co. Ltd

Distribution:
Wild Side
42 rue de Clichy
75009 PARIS - FRANCE
Phone: +33(0)1 42 25 82 00
info@wildside.fr

Year: 1963

35 mm, B & W, 143 min, Japanese with French subtitles

 



When big shoe industrialist Gondo is about to buy all his company shares from his associates, he gets an anonymous phone call informing him his son has been kidnapped. The ransom is close to the amount he was going to pay for this repurchase, which was his hope after a whole life of work... Despaired, he starts gathering money to save his son when an unexpected turn of events happens: the kidnappers who thought they got Gondo’s son, have, in fact, kidnapped his driver’s son... It is a terrible dilemma for the businessman to save this child who is not his own. All the elements of a thriller are brilliantly put together by Kurosawa: kidnappers spotting a victim without been noticed, phones repeatedly ringing, gangsters anonymous voices, car chases, hunt for the criminals, policemen’s emotions, acceleration of time, rise of dramatic tension...
 
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