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There is heaven and hell in every human being. And any decision when it comes to human life can go through these two realms for anyone, regardless of their social status. Even after 58 years, Akira Kurosawa’s “High and Low” will make us think about human inner nature and social inequality in the same way as when this film was released.

The owner of a shoe factory and a successful businessman Gondo, a contacted by a kidnapper who demands a large sum of money in exchange for the release of his child. Gondo agrees to pay the ransom, but it turns out that the kidnapper mistakenly kidnapped Gondo’s driver’s child. Gondo is faced with a very difficult choice: to pay the money and save someone else’s child and thus bankrupt his business or to refuse to pay a ransom and put human life in danger?

One can not help but admire the amazingly accurate footage of this film, dialogues and flawless acting, especially by Toshiro Mifune.

High and Low (Tengoku to jigoku)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
1963. (Japan)

High and Low (1963) on IMDb

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