High and Low

High and Low


天国と地獄
Tengoku To Jigoku
Heaven and Hell

Director Akira Kurosawa
Producer Tomoyuki Tanaka
Ryuzo Kikushima
Screenplay Hideo Oguni
Ryuzo Kikushima
Eijiro Hisaita
Akira Kurosawa
Original Story Ed McBain
Photography Asakazu Nakai
Takao Saito
Art Yoshiro Muraki
Sound Fumio Yanoguchi
Lighting Hiromitsu Mori
Music Masaru Sato
Assistant Director Shiro Moritani
Production Companies Toho, Kurosawa Productions
Release Date March 1, 1963
Runtime 143 minutes
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天国と地獄
Tengoku To Jigoku
Heaven and Hell

Staff
Director Akira Kurosawa
Producer Tomoyuki Tanaka
Ryuzo Kikushima
Screenplay Hideo Oguni
Ryuzo Kikushima
Eijiro Hisaita
Akira Kurosawa
Original Story Ed McBain
Photography Asakazu Nakai
Takao Saito
Art Yoshiro Muraki
Sound Fumio Yanoguchi
Lighting Hiromitsu Mori
Music Masaru Sato
Assistant Director Shiro Moritani
Info
Production Companies Toho, Kurosawa Productions
Release Date March 1, 1963
Runtime 143 minutes

Gondo is a prominent shareholder in a shoe company. While Gondo believes in quality of workmanship over profit, his rival shareholders disagree with him and seek to cut corners to reduce costs. Gondo maneuvers behind their backs to purchase a majority of the shares and give him control over the company’s future. He’s put up his home and possessions as collateral. On the eve of the transaction, Gondo receives a phone call that his son has been kidnapped. Gondo’s son returns unharmed, but the son of his chauffeur has been kidnapped by mistake. The kidnapper tells Gondo that he’ll require him to pay a ransom anyway. If Gondo pays the ransom, he won’t be able to make good on his purchase of the shares and he’ll lose his possessions. On the other hand, Gondo is the only one able to pay the kidnapper’s exorbitant ransom amount.

Gondo recruits Tokura, a detective, to help with the case. Tokura’s men work meticulously to gather as much evidence as possible. The kidnapper requires Gondo to throw the ransom money from the window of a passing train. The detectives take photo and video from every angle in an attempt to identify the kidnapper. The chauffeur’s son is recovered, but Gondo is now on the verge of losing his possessions. Tokura vows to bring the kidnapper to justice for Gondo’s sake. The press, meanwhile, drums up public support for Gondo and his selfless actions, and spark a boycott of the shoe company for forcing him out. Gondo finds work starting from scratch with a smaller company.

Tokura’s men identify two accomplices who retrieved the ransom money, and find them dead from a heroin overdose in a safe house. Examining all available evidence, they single out Ginjiro, a medical intern, as their primary suspect. They setup a trap for Ginjiro, and trick him into thinking that his accomplices are still alive. They observe Ginjiro making a deal to acquire a large amount of more lethal heroin, and test it on a hapless prostitute in a back alley. Tokuro intercepts Ginjiro at the safe house and arrests him. Ginjiro is sentenced to death and, as a last request, meets with Gondo. Ginjiro concocted his crime out of jealousy towards Gondo and his perceived riches, while he lived in abject poverty. However, while Gondo is unaffected by his change in status, Ginjiro is driven to the point of madness by the gulf that still separates them.

製作
Producer
田中友幸
Tomoyuki Tanaka

菊島隆三
Ryuzo Kikushima
脚本
Screenplay
小国英雄
Hideo Oguni

菊島隆三
Ryuzo Kikushima

久板栄二郎
Eijiro Hisaita

黒澤明
Akira Kurosawa

エド・マクベイン作「キングの身代金」より
From Ed McBain’s Work “King’s Ransom”
撮影
Photography
中井朝一
Asakazu Nakai

斉藤孝雄
Takao Saito
美術
Art
村木与四郎
Yoshiro Muraki
録音
Sound
矢野口文雄
Fumio Yanoguchi
照明
Lighting
森弘充
Hiromitsu Mori
音楽
Music
佐藤勝
Masaru Sato
整音
Dubbing
下永尚
Hisashi Shimonaga
監督助手
Assistant Director
森谷司郎
Shiro Moritani
現像
Developing
キヌタ・ラボラトリー
Kinuta Laboratory
製作担当者
Production Manager
根津博
Hiroshi Nezu
出演者
Starring


三船敏郎
Toshiro Mifune

仲代達矢
Tatsuya Nakadai

香川京子
Kyoko Kagawa

三橋達也
Tatsuya Mihashi

木村功
Isao Kimura

石山健二郎
Kenjiro Ishiyama

加藤武
Takeshi Kato

志村喬
Takashi Shimura

田崎潤
Jun Tazaki

中村伸郎
Nobuo Nakamura

伊藤雄之助
Yunosuke Ito

山崎努
Tsutomu Yamazaki

千秋実
Minoru Chiaki

東野英治郎
Eijiro Tono

清水将夫
Masao Shimizu

佐田豊
Yutaka Sada

島津雅彦
Masahiko Shimatsu

江木俊夫
Toshio Egi

三井弘次
Koji Mitsui

山茶花究
Kyu Sazanka

藤田進
Susumu Fujita

藤原釜足
Kamatari Fujiwara

土屋嘉男
Yoshio Tsuchiya

北村和夫
Kazuo Suzuki

清水元
Gen Shimizu

名古屋章
Akira Nagoya

浜村純
Jun Hamamura

織田政雄
Masao Ota

西村晃
Ko Nishimura

田島義文
Yoshibumi Tajima

清村耕次
Koji Kiyomura

宇南山宏
Hiroshi Utsunoyama

牧野義介
Yoshike Makino

近藤準
Ken Konda

鈴木智
Tomo Suzuki

大村千吉
Senkichi Omura

加藤和夫
Kazuo Kato

沢村いき雄
Ikio Sawamura

菅井きん
Kin Sugai

富田恵子
Keiko Tomita

小野田功
Isao Onoda

田口精一
Seiichi Taguchi

松下猛夫
Takeo Matsushita

山本清
Kiyoshi Yamamoto

児玉謙二
Kenji Kodama

伊藤実
Minoru Ito

鈴木治夫
Haruo Suzuki
監督
Director
黒澤明
Akira Kurosawa