Laemmle Theatres and Emerging Cinema continue their ongoing summer series ESSENTIAL ARTHOUSE, with Akira Kurosawa’s highly influential High and Low (Tengoku to jigoku).

Toshiro Mifune is unforgettable as Kingo Gondo, a wealthy industrialist whose family becomes the target of a cold-blooded kidnapper in Adapting Ed McBain’s detective novel King’s Ransom, Kurosawa moves effortlessly from compelling race-against-time thriller to exacting social commentary, creating a penetrating portrait of contemporary Japanese society.

ESSENTIAL ARTHOUSE, is a summer weekend morning series of classic world cinema from the peerless Janus Films Library.

Laemmle Theatres screens all the movies in this series via digital cinema projection at the Music Hall in Beverly Hills, 9036 Wilshire Blvd., (310) 274-6869, the Playhouse 7 in Pasadena (673 E. Colorado Blvd., (626) 844-6500) and the Town Center in Encino (17200 Ventura Blvd., (818) 981-9811) simultaneously. All screenings begin at 11 a.m. except SEVEN SAMURAI, which starts at 10 a.m.

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