Monday, October 10, 2016
HIGH AND LOW (1963)
I love police procedurals, especially when the investigation is headed up by Tatsuya Nakadai! He's one of my absolute favorite actor and seeing him and Mifune together is always exciting. Takashi Shimura also shows up as a cop, but for whatever reason his role is very small. I was really disappointed by that. Anyway, HIGH AND LOW is a very well made film with an exciting story, awesome camera work (the train scene was bad ass) and top-notch acting by an impressive cast full of familiar faces.
A few minor complaints would be: the runtime (143 minutes) is a little too long and the cops...not only did they do a terrible job at tailing the kidnapper on foot (how he never spotted them is beyond me), but they were 100% responsible for that one woman's death! Then again, maybe that was done on purpose to show that the police only care about protecting wealthy people, even at the expense of letting a penniless drug addict die.
Definitely worth a watch for fans of Japanese cinema and good movies in general.