High and Low

Synopsis: An executive mortgages all he owns to stage a coup and gain control of the National Shoe Company, with the intent of keeping the company out of the hands of incompetent and greedy executives. He needs the same money, though, to pay the ransom that will possibly save a child's life. His resolution of that dilemma -- the certain loss of the company vs. the probable loss of the child -- makes for one distinct drama, and an ensuing elaborate police procedure makes for a second.
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Director(s): Akira Kurosawa
Production: Criterion Collection
  Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
143 min

A man's got to attack

or be attacked.

Go on, and win.

lt's getting worse.

Your attitude.

Success isn't worth

losing your humanity.

What do you know about it?

l just want to make good shoes.

Yes, it is.

Osaka Hotel?

You called Osaka?

One moment.

Room 310, please.

Gondo calling.

Hello, it's me.

How did it go? All settled?

How much? Within my limit?

Good work!

Yes, settle it.

Right away.

Say l'll send

the deposit tonight.

Call me back.

l'm counting on you.

l want you to go to Osaka.

Book a flight.

Use the other phone.

l'm waiting for a call.

ls everything all right?

l'm frightened.

Hello. lt's me.

So it's all set?

Just a moment.

Kawanishi's off at 10:00

with a check for 50 million.

Now a toast!

l kept it a secret,

but now l can tell you.

My share isn't 13% .

l've bought 15% more

over the last three years...

and l just arranged

for 19% more.

Even with the Old Man,

they're 46% to my 47% .

lt's a gamble,

but National Shoes is mine.

How did you raise the money?

l borrowed on everything,

even this house.

Raising 50 million was rough.

One yen less,

and Osaka would have refused.

l've bet my whole fortune on this.

Wait. This is just

the deposit, isn't it?

lt's only a third.

What about the other 100 million?

lf l have control of the firm,

l'll get the rest.

Too big a surprise?

Have a drink.

Excuse me.

ls my boy, Shinichi, here?

He's outside with Jun. Why?

l brought him this.

l'll call Jun.

Aoki, drive Kawanishi

to the airport.

Yes, this is Gondo.

What? You--

You have kidnapped my son?

Stop joking!

l'm not joking.


l have your son.

Do as l say,

and he'll be safe.

Get 30 million yen.


No consecutive numbers.


One thousand--

three thousand 5,000-yen notes...

and five thousand 1,000-yen notes.

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Hideo Oguni

Hideo Oguni (小国 英雄, Oguni Hideo, 9 July 1904 – 5 February 1996) was a Japanese writer who wrote over 100 screenplays. He is best known for co-writing screenplays for a number of films directed by Akira Kurosawa, including Ikiru, The Seven Samurai, Throne of Blood and The Hidden Fortress. His first film with Kurosawa was Ikiru, and according to film professor Catherine Russell, it was Oguni who devised that film's two-part structure. Film critic Donald Richie regarded him as the "humanist" among Kurosawa's writers. In 2013, Oguni and frequent screenwriting collaborators Kurosawa, Shinobu Hashimoto and Ryūzō Kikushima were awarded the Jean Renoir Award by the Writers Guild of America West.Writing credits other than for Kurosawa films include Heinosuke Gosho's Entotsu no mieru basho in 1953, Koji Shima's Warning from Space in 1956, Tora! Tora! Tora!, and Hiroshi Inagaki's Machibuse in 1970. more…

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