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Criterion Collection - #24
Aside from Dersou Uzala and Ikiru, my knowledge of Kurosawa’s work outside of the samurai genre is ignorant. Having not seen Drunk Angel, I Live In Fear, Stray Dog, and The Bad Sleep Well, it was rather confronting and exciting to see his craftsmanship as I watched High and Low; a film that revolves around the kidnapping of a shoe company executive’s son, held for ransom of a sum of 30 million Yen.
Embarking such a tale in the modern setting, the film establishes the introduction through the high-rise home that Kingo Gondo (Toshiro Mifune) and his family reside, a location that would become the core backdrop of the film’s first…