High and Low
High and Low
(Akira Kurosawa, 1963)
Join us on a cinematic world tour with stops in France, Italy, Sweden, Germany, the UK, Japan, and Mexico. Our tour guides are some of the most revered directors in film history, including the likes of Jean Renoir, Jean-Luc Godard, Roberto Rossellini, Ingmar Bergman, Fritz Lang, Sally Potter, Akira Kurosawa, and Luis Buñuel. See all the titles on our big screen, many in new or recent restorations. By the way, the July and August features in our ongoing Film History 101 series are also part of A Summer Abroad ’13.
As our film heritage becomes more and more digitized, it is harder and harder for audiences to see important films in the manner in which they were originally meant to be presented: in a theater, on film, with an audience. Film History 101 is our modest attempt to keep this tradition alive. Once a month, we'll present a selection that transcends "classic" status to that of "essential"—films that are widely recognized as among the greatest the art of moving pictures has to offer.
“One of the best detective thrillers ever filmed.”—New York Times
Kurosawa combines the qualities of a police procedural with insightful character study and pointed social/cultural observation.
The inimitable Toshiro Mifune gives one of his most unforgettable performances as a wealthy businessman whose family becomes the target of a cold-blooded kidnapper in Akira Kurosawa’s hugely influential domestic drama and crime story High and Low. Adapting a classic detective novel by Ed McBain, Kurosawa efficiently shifts between race-against-time thriller and incisive social commentary to create a gripping treatise on contemporary Japanese society. (143 mins., 35mm, in Japanese with English subtitles)
This is the August 2013 film in the Wex’s ongoing, monthly Film History 101 series.
$8 general public
$3 children (under 12)
Rohauer Collection Foundation
GENERAL OPERATING SUPPORT
FOR THE WEXNER CENTER
Greater Columbus Arts Council
The Columbus Foundation
Ohio Arts Council