Tuesday, May 5, 2009

High and Low (1963)

High and Low (1963)

May 7th, 6:30PM in Garland 104 (2441 E. Hartford)

Akira Kurosawa directed this story of a rags to riches Industrialist who's son is kidnapped on the verge of his greatest triumph. In an attempt to save the boy he is assisted by undercover police detectives as they try and discover who has taken the child.

The second to last film before the end of Kurosawa's most prodigious period as a Director, it shows his genius at its full strength. The story also subtly references discrimination of the burakumin, a minority group within Japanese society that are historically held in contempt, not unlike the untouchables of India.

Japan, Akira Kurosawa, Cast
Toshiro Mifune, Tatsuya Nakadai, Kyoko Kagawa and Tatsuya Mihashi, 142 minutes

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