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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Did You Know?
Most of the train sequence was shot live, on the Kodama Super Express. Most of the extras are passengers. See more
When the police is reviewing the footage from the train (where the kidnappers retrieve the briefcase), the camera rotates 180 degrees backwards and, despite it having been recorded from the cabin, the view is never blocked. See more
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 Dongala Veta
Written by Franz Schubert See more