An executive mortgages all he owns to stage a coup and gain control of the National Shoe Company, with the intent of keeping the company out of the hands of incompetent and greedy executives. He needs the same money, though, to pay the ransom that will possibly save a child's life. His resolution of that dilemma -- the certain loss of the company vs. the probable loss of the child -- makes for one distinct drama, and an ensuing elaborate police procedure makes for a second. Written by
From Akira Kurosawa, director of "Yojimbo" and "Sanjuro" comes a tense, taut film of a modern "perfect crime" with more excitement than even Hitchcock could create.
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26 November 1963 (USA)
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Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1
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The last section of the movie originally had a great deal of dialogue, but Akira Kurosawa
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Chief Detective Tokura
That Gondo is all right.
Chief Detective 'Bos'n' Taguchi
Usually I waste no love on the rich. I didn't like him at first.
Remade as Bong ga
The Magic Begins
Performed by Yumi Shirakawa See more