NOT top tier Kurosawa
High and Low is a good film. The problem I had with it is that I feel the genre (half suspenseful kidnapping drama / half police procedural) has been done better by other masters of the cinema. Mifune is so overshadowed by his other Kurosawa directed performances (e.g. Yojimbo) and some of the early developments in the film come across as pretty hokey. Still worth seeing. Tsutomu Yamazaki steals the show in a limited role as the kidnapper.
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