Our month of Kurosawa Sans Samurai ends tonight with High and Low, his classic film of crime, kidnapping, greed and society. One of a long line of adaptations directed by Kurosawa, High and Low‘s plot comes from the police thriller King’s Ransom. But like The Bad Sleep Well or Yojimbo, Kurosawa again transforms the non-Japanese source into a thoroughly Japanese film.

A gripping thriller, a social critique, a sumptuous widescreen feast for the eyes, High and Low has everything I want in a Kurosawa film. No swordplay required.

Friday, March 28: 7, 9:45
Saturday, March 29: 7, 9:45
Sunday, March 30: 5, 8
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