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
26 November 1963 (USA)
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Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1
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After the film was released, kidnappings were on the rise in Japan. Kurosawa himself had received threats for the kidnapping of his own daughter, Kazuko. She quoted him as once saying to her "With High and Low, I wanted to inspire tougher sentences on kidnappers. Instead, I was criticized for their increase." See more
Ginjirô Takeuchi, medical intern
I'd rather be told the cruel truth than be fed gentle lies.
Referenced in The Big Lebowski
It's Now or Never
from "O Sole Mio" by Eduardo Di Capua
and Alfredo Mazzucchi
Adapted by Wally Gold
and Aaron Schröder See more