I have always loved crime shows such as: Law and Order, Monk, Psych, and most other adaptations of the genre. Same with movie versions such as: Memories of Murder, Zodiac, Fargo, etc. High and Low feels like the blueprint to so much of what I love about the style. I’m not nearly expert enough to know how “original” it’s techniques really were, but it feels incredibly resonant in so much of the media i’ve grown up watching.
Apart from this aspect, the movie itself is complete and utter perfection in my opinion. A relatively intimidating runtime feels like a breeze with it’s intense watchability. Each and every scene feels pivotal. While Kurosawa expresses his interpretations on modern society, criminality, class, and general humanity, he is ultimately able to lean back on the pure entertainment that High and Low is. Stunning score, captivating performances, awesome cinematography, and an all-time great ending.