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High and Low (1963)

Akira Kurosawa’s masterful crime thriller plays with multiple dichotomies: heaven and hell, upper and lower class, right and wrong.


Episode Notes

In the new episode of Flashback, movie critics Dana Stevens and K.
Austin Collins discuss the crime thriller High and Low (1963), directed by Akira Kurosawa.

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About the Show

Every two weeks, film critics Dana Stevens (Slate) and K. Austin Collins (Rolling Stone) revisit notable films from the past—movies outside of the current releases and that have influenced modern culture and canon—and analyze them with a contemporary, critical eye.

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  • Dana Stevens is Slate’s movie critic.

  • K. Austin Collins is a film critic for Rolling Stone and a crossword constructor for the New Yorker and the New York Times.