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
142 Screenful Minutes of Thrills and Suspense!
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26 November 1963 (USA)
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Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?
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
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
Mr. Gondo, I know it's late to be saying this... but you have the right to protect your own livelihood. It's our duty to help you. We want to save the child, but not by sacrificing you.
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