This film played at the Trylon Microcinema as part of an Akira Kurosawa series that included non-samurai films only. The film is the only Kurosawa film I’ve seen in Cinemascope. At first, it follows the dealings of a businessman in the women’s shoe business. He is about to invest his last borrowed dollar and become the majority owner of the corporation he loves when, quite suddenly, his chauffeur’s son is mistaken for his own in a kidnapping.
During the first part of the movie, we are trapped in the man’s expensive home waiting for the next phone call from the kidnapper. In the company of his wife and son, he must come to a moral conclusion about whether to sacrifice his career for the mistaken victim. After that, the story turns to follow the police investigation and the activities of the kidnapper. Finally we get to see Tokyo, and it’s beautiful.
The film is long and tense, but the cinematography is gorgeous, and the performances compelling. Not to mention, you get to see other parts of Japan, like the beautiful seaside city of Kamakura. Check it out!