High and Low (1963)


Directed by: Akira Kurosawa

Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Yutaka Sada, Tatsuya Nakada

Language: Japanese + Commentary Eng (2nd track) | Subtitles: English (embed)

(Commentary by Akira Kurosawa scholar Stephen Prince)

Country: Japan | Imdb Info | Ar: 2.40:1 | Brrip

Also known as: Tengoku to jigoku

Description:  An executive of a Yokohama shoe company becomes a victim of extortion when his chauffeur’s son is kidnapped by mistake and held for ransom.


3.44GB | 143:41mins | 1024×432 | mkv | Japanese | Sub: English



Interview with Toshiro Mifune

380MB | 30:32mins | 640×480 | mkv | Japanese | Sub: English

Interview with Tsutomu Yamazaki

223MB | 19:04mins | 704×384 | mkv | Japanese | Sub: English

It Is Wonderful to Create

468MB | 37:02mins | 640×464 | mkv | Japanese | Sub: English

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7 Responses to High and Low (1963)

  1. Anchorite says:

    Possibly the best Kurosawa film, ironic since most of his famous films are samurai stuff. But this one gets at the core of human morality. As Ossie Davis in Spike Lee’s “Do the Right Thing” puts it, “Always Do the Right Thing.” The bad guys attempt to kidnap his son, but end up kidnaping his chauffeur’s son by mistake. Yet a life is a life. To pay the ransom will ruin him, and it’s not a simple matter of being rich and buying a tropical island for retirement: he has just borrowed more than he is worth so he can rescue his father’s company from craven business partners who are wrecking it by obliterating its quality for short-term profit, and he intends to buy them out. Now he has shown his hand, and made them all lethal enemies, he can’t deliver the coup de grace; he will be destroyed if he expends his buyout money on the ransom for his nameless servant’s son’s life, to pay some filthy junkie. What does he do? At most, if he concedes and pays ransom, he will only be a hero to the tiny minority that respect morality over winning. Even then he’d be attacked by cynics who’ll claim it was all a move to boost his public image. High and low on Earth. Heaven vs. Hell in the afterlife. Which would you choose?

  2. dmiller says:

    Thanks for this great film, with commentary.

  3. Razorcat says:

    This is awesome, any more Kurosawa commentaries would be hugely appreciated!

  4. RRR says:

    Dear Sir, every Saturday morning I savour the pleasure of coming here and finding the new gems you caseshow. It has become a rite. Thank you!

  5. Mr.G. says:

    Fantastic addition, thanks!

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