Ryan, but I haven't seen much of Akira Kurosawa's work. But believe me, I'm trying really hard to catch up.
Having seen only Seven Samurai beforehand, it was interesting to see Kurosawa make a movie in a modern setting. (In this case, 1960's Japan.) We get a glimpse of the country at that time. And, boy, is it gritty.
High and Low also features several Kurosawa regulars, including Toshiro Mifune. They give immense depth to their performances as they try to find out who is responsible for the crime that is so unthinkable.
OKay, now I'm starting to see why several movie lovers I know love Kurosawa so much. And being the criminology freak that I am, I was bound to love it. Indeed I did. After all, it showcases perfectly the anatomy of a crime.
My Rating: *****