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High and Low [Criterion Collection]

Format: DVD     Release Date: 10/14/1998
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Based on -King's Ransom, an "87th Precinct" novel by Ed McBain (aka Evan Hunter), High and Low stars Toshiro Mifune as Gondo, a wealthy industrialist. Gondo is contacted by a gang of kidnappers, who inform him that they've kidnapped his son. The crooks demand a huge ransom for the boy's return -- an amount so huge that it will utterly bankrupt Gondo. As the harried businessman prepares to pay the ransom, he discovers that his son is safe at home: the kidnappers have accidentally snatched the son of his chauffeur. Does Gondo drop his payoff plans, or does he do the honorable thing and rescue his employee's son? This dilemma is but one aspect of the multilayered character study from the unbeatable team of star Toshiro Mifune and filmmaker Akira Kurosawa, who directs this superb film with his usual depth and impeccable eye for detail and character. As a man forced to make impossible decisions, Mifune gives a nuanced, perceptive and psychologically convincing performance. While not one of Kurosawa's master works, High and Low, with its grim reality and moral ambiguity stands as a superb example of film noir at its best. High and Low was originally released in Japan as Tengoku To-Jigoku. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Side #1 --

0. Chapters
1. Logos [:13]
2. Credits/High Heels [9:41]
3. 30 million yen [9:40]
4. Special delivery [14:22]
5. Kawanishi's sale [10:53]
6. Gondo's demand [5:13]
7. Booby traps [5:00]
8. Bullet train [6:31]
9. Media-made hero [3:35]
10. 8mm information [5:34]
11. Puzzle pieces [3:44]
12. Toyopets and trolleys [12:06]
13. Shinichi remembers [9:07]
14. Life after death [9:22]
15. Candy-colored smoke [3:21]
16. "Burn this,pop" [2:31]
17. Taking the bait [4:46]
18. Stakeout [3:38]
19. Love connection [5:12]
20. Dope alley [5:59]
21. "A real prize" [2:46]
22. Now or never [3:34]
23. Heaven and Hell [6:25]
  • Format: DVD
  • Release Date: October 14, 1998
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Region: 1
  • Studio: Criterion
  • Length: 143 minutes
  • Sound: Monaural
  • Formats: Wide Screen Enhanced (16x9), Black & White
  • Discs: 1
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitle: English
  • UPC: 037429130322
  • Product ID: 1010581
  • Genre: Drama

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