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Friday Movies - High and Low (1963) - Japanese Month

The Cinema Bar by Citylights
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On the 13th of April, we'll be delighted to introduce you to you Kigh and Low, a kidnapping Thriller by the master of Japanese Cinema, Akira Kurosawa. A 140 minutes film in which Toshiro Mifune is giving one of his best performance ever.

A work of structural and thematic brilliance, Akira Kurosawa’s High and Low does not involve samurai or journeys into Japan’s distant past to create relevant historical parallels, as the director’s pictures often do. Nor does it reformat a classical Shakespearian play or novel by Dostoyevsky into a pointedly Japanese tale. Released in 1963, the film considers a social and class divide present in postwar Japan, engaging its subject through that most Western of subgenres: the kidnapping thriller. The separation of classes and polarity of wealth become the impetus of a mesmerizing and noirish procedural, which—through the course of a tense negotiation, breathless ransom payoff, and subsequent manhunt—equalizes the film’s two divergent central characters: a wealthy shoe company executive who lives atop a hill, and a lowly kidnapper who lives in the slums at the hill’s base. High and Low dissects its characters through a diptych construction, involving its audience in a wealth of human drama to contemplate Kurosawa’s most prevalent, lingering questions about humanity and the factors that prevent us from relating to one another

High and Low (1963)
天国と地獄, Tengoku to jigoku (original title)
Not Rated | 2h 23min | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 26 November 1963 (USA)

An executive of a shoe company becomes a victim of extortion when his chauffeur's son is kidnapped and held for ransom.

Director: Akira Kurosawa
Writers: Hideo Oguni (screenplay), Ryûzô Kikushima (screenplay)
Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Yutaka Sada, Tatsuya Nakadai

As always the movie is showed in original language subbed in English. The entrance is free of charge.
Starts at 21.00. After the film we will keep showing movies dubbed with music till 2.00 AM