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Toshiro Mifune is unforgettable as Kingo Gondo, a wealthy industrialist whose family becomes the target of a cold-blooded kidnapper in High and Low (Tengoku to jigoku), the highly influential domestic drama and police procedural from director Akira Kurosawa. Adapting Ed McBain’s detective novel King’s Ransom, Kurosawa moves effortlessly from compelling race-against-time thriller to exacting social commentary, creating a diabolical treatise on contemporary Japanese society.

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Special Features High-definition digital restoration, with original four-track surround sound (presented in DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray edition) Audio commentary by Akira Kurosawa scholar Stephen Prince Thirty-seven minute documentary on the making of High and Low, created as part of the Toho Masterworks series Akira Kurosawa: It Is Wonderful to Create Rare video interview with actor Toshiro Mifune, from 1984 Video interview with actor Tsutomu Yamazaki Theatrical trailers and teaser PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Geoffrey O’Brien and an on-set account by Japanese film-scholar Donald Richie

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