High and Low

Akira Kurosawa (director, screenwriter)
Evan Hunger (as Ed McBain) (novel)
Hideo Oguni, Ryuzo Kikushima, Eijiro Hisaita (screenwriters)
Toshiro Mifune, Tatsuya Nakadai, Kyko Kagawa (starring)

N.p. N.p., Circa 1977. Vintage Japanese B2 poster for the re-release of the classic 1963 film, circa 1977.

A legendary Japanese noir, based on American author Ed McBain's 1959 novel "King's Ransom." A wealthy industrialist is contacted by a gang of crooks who inform him that they have kidnapped his son, and are holding him hostage in exchange for an enormous ransom. The industrialist soon realizes, however, that the boy they have taken is in fact the son of his chauffeur—and must decide whether he will bankrupt himself and his family in order to save a child that is not his own. The fifteenth, and penultimate, film that leading actor Toshiro Mifune would make with director Akira Kurosawa, and one of the highest grossing Japanese films of 1963, breaking Kurosawa's box office record for the third time.

Shot on location in Kanagawa, Japan.

20.25 x 28.5 inches. Very Good plus, with pinholes, a small closed tear, and a small splash to the black field at the upper right.

Criterion Collection 24. Grant Japan. Selby Japan. Spicer Japan.

[Book #154850]