High and Low is a 1963 Japanese crime drama film directed by Akira Kurosawa and starring Toshiro Mifune. The film is based on the Ed McBain novel King's Ransom and follows the story of a wealthy Japanese executive who is kidnapped and the efforts of the police and his company to rescue him.
High and Low is widely considered one of Kurosawa's greatest films and is often cited as one of the best films of all time. It was a critical and commercial success upon its release and has since gained a devoted following. The film received widespread acclaim for its performances, direction, screenplay, and cinematography, and has been praised for its themes of morality and social criticism.