High and Low
Dir. Akira Kurosawa. 1963, 143 mins. 35mm. With Toshiro Mifune, Yutaka Sada, Tatsuya Nakadai. Cheap footwear wars escalate into kidnapping and blackmail in Kurosawa’s Shakespearean epic of postwar corporate intrigue. Wealthy businessman Gondo (Mifune) is forced to make an impossible choice when kidnappers take the wrong boy, and Kurosawa’s wide black-and-white 2.35:1 frame isolates him further as the life he’d been striving towards slips further out of reach.