Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Kurosawa film High and Low (天国と地獄) at Melwood Screening Room, May 27.

The Melwood Screening Room will show the 1963 Akira Kurosawa movie High and Low (天国と地獄) on May 27 as part of its Essential Cinema series. A 2002 A.V. Club review upon the DVD's release provides a summary:
Adapted from a novel by American pulp writer Ed McBain (whose real name is Evan Hunter), 1963's High And Low stars Toshiro Mifune (naturally) as a properous, principled shoe-company executive. On the verge of taking over the company from a group of less ethical co-workers, Mifune learns that a kidnapper demanding a financially ruinous amount of money has his son. When it's discovered that the kidnapper has mistakenly taken the son of Mifune's loyal chauffeur, Mifune is faced with a dilemma that tests his selflessness.
The show starts at 8:00, and the theater is located at 477 Melwood Ave. in Oakland (map). Part of the Essential Cinema series, tickets are $2.