天国と地獄 / Tengoku to Jigoku: In the midst of a corporate war, a wealthy executive’s plans of taking over his company are put on hold after a kidnapper extorts him for a large sum of money. A remarkable police procedural drama which builds tension through outstanding direction from one of the Masters of cinema, Akira Kurosawa.
The Japanese title literally translates to “Heaven and Hell”, which is fitting with the many themes of the film. As usual, the characters are multi-layered and complex. The film creates a tense atmosphere through masterful blocking of scenes and supreme performances, notably from the great Kurosawa regular, Toshirô Mifune.
Themes of morality, greed and social responsibility. Masterclass in cinema.
High and Low Cast: Toshiro Mifune, Tatsuya Nakadai, Kyōko Kagawa, Tatsuya Mihashi, Takashi Shimura