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Paul Jensen

HIGH AND LOW (1963) 5 stars

The finest detective thriller ever filmed. But that's just skimming the surface. Kurosawa remains the emperor of cinema. It's remarkable just how much suspense and emotional involvement we get from one room with a few characters. The choreography and character proximities throughout is inspiring. Kurosawa clearly knows how to use the anamorphic lens. The second half/detective story is riveting. The finale transcends the crime genre and makes a bold statement with some of the most amazing imagery ever put to screen. This is the work of a true master.

 

Genre: Crime
Director: Akira Kurosawa