365 Day Movie Challenge - #65: High and Low (1963) - dir. Akira Kurosawa
It’s a fine film, though it’s a little too talky in the beginning. Toshirô Mifune and Tatsuya Nakadai (my mom refers to Nakadai as “the handsome one” of the cops) are both excellent, as one might expect, though Kyôko Kagawa has sadly little to do as Mifune’s wife and Takashi Shimura communicates more through facial expressions than dialogue in his brief bit of screen time. Still, it’s another well-designed Kurosawa crime drama. Isao Kimura and Kenjirô Ishiyama also deserve mention as two of the other cops, and Tsutomu Yamazaki does a good job as the kidnapper.