WOW! This is my first time watching an Akira Kurosawa film and I’ve instantaneously converted into being a massive fan of his after witnessing this! High and Low plays out almost as if it was two different movies; the first half being an intense, claustrophobic thriller and the second half being a detailed crime investigation. The mystery and eminently realistic atmosphere surrounding the film’s story—which is greatly achieved thanks to its extraordinarily written screenplay—is gruesomely gripping. High and Low is the original Chinatown/Se7en/Fargo/Blue Velvet/Prisoners. Imagine those movies all combined into a single package and you can essentially picture how brilliantly eccentric I found this film to be. (Verdict: A+)
I’m pretty sure that if you look up the definition of “Perfect” you’ll find a description of the ending scene of High and Low. 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻
Vertigo however, is still the OG OG crime thriller masterpiece. You were only four years too late Kurosawa!