This is another film I've re-watched recently, and, as much as I want to love it, I can't.
High and Low is an exceptionally made film, Toshiro Mifune is marvelous, the plot and pacing are excellent, the tension is palpable, the cinematography, and especially the shots of urban Yokohama are beautiful. Yet the film seems to easy to summarize and wraps up too neatly.
The "low" in this film, the culture of the Japanese underclass, seems to be viewed sparingly, and in a kind of flinching way, as if we, respectable viewers, should not be shown too much of it. Los Olvidados this is not.
And the film also probably suffers for having been made by Kurosawa, who made several other far stronger films.