HIGH AND LOW (1963) - cinema / cities - inequality

  • dir. Akira Kurosawa
  • year. 1963
  • country. Japan
  • run-time. 143 mins
  • rating. 12

£5. (£3.50 concs)


A story of kidnapping and industrial intrigue that exposes the inequalities in post war urban Japan, High and Low is one of Akira Kurosawa's best crime films.

Our cinema/cities strand will feature films were the city is central to the form and narrative of the film, whether that be through its architecture, the public and private urban spaces within them or the conditions in which the protagonist are forced to operate under. We will explore film used as an art form of the urban through short thematic seasons, beginning with ever present inequalities in urban life.

We encourage people to stay on after the screenings for an informal discussion of the films and the themes they raise.  

Organised in association with minor literatures

One of the best detective thrillers ever filmed
— New York Times
gripping, intellectually absorbing entertainment
— Sight & Sound