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8th Jan '17 1:29:39 AM jamespolk
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A 1963 film directed by Creator/AkiraKurosawa and starring ToshiroMifune, based on ''King's Ransom'', an Literature/EightySeventhPrecinct novel by Creator/EdMcBain.

Kingo Gondo is a wealthy executive (the factory manager) for National Shoes. He's caught in a power struggle between a trio of directors who want to wrest control from the company's president, and the autocratic president himself. Behind the scenes, he's arranged a leveraged buyout that will give him control of the company so that he can run it his way. Just as he's committed himself to this course of action, mortgaging everything he has, Gondo is informed that his child Jun has been kidnapped, and the kidnapper demands a ludicrously high ransom.

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A 1963 film directed by Creator/AkiraKurosawa and starring ToshiroMifune, Creator/ToshiroMifune and Creator/TatsuyaNakadai, based on ''King's Ransom'', an Literature/EightySeventhPrecinct novel by Creator/EdMcBain.

Kingo Gondo (Mifune) is a wealthy executive (the factory manager) for National Shoes. He's caught in a power struggle between a trio of directors who want to wrest control from the company's president, and the autocratic president himself. Behind the scenes, he's arranged a leveraged buyout that will give him control of the company so that he can run it his way. Just as he's committed himself to this course of action, mortgaging everything he has, Gondo is informed that his child Jun has been kidnapped, and the kidnapper demands a ludicrously high ransom.



While Gondo suffers from this dilemma, and the results of his decision, the police attempt to match wits with the kidnapper and bring him to justice.

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While Gondo suffers from this dilemma, and the results of his decision, the police police, led by Chief Detective Tokura (Nakadai) attempt to match wits with the kidnapper and bring him to justice.



* BigBad: [[spoiler:Ginjiro Takeuchi]], the mastermind of Shinichi's kidnapping.

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* BigBad: [[spoiler:Ginjiro Takeuchi]], Ginjiro Takeuchi, the mastermind of Shinichi's kidnapping.
1st Sep '16 2:22:27 AM AlkahestRain
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* SelfMadeMan: Gondo worked his way up from cobbler's apprentice to the position he now occupies, though his marriage to Reiko did give him much more wealth to work with. (And note that this kind of upward social mobility would have been ''extremely'' rare in Japan at the time, making Gondo's moral dilemma even more harrowing.)

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* SelfMadeMan: Gondo worked his way up from cobbler's apprentice to the position he now occupies, though his marriage to Reiko did give him much more wealth to work with. (And note that this kind of upward social mobility would have been ''extremely'' rare in Japan at the time, making Gondo's moral dilemma even more harrowing.)) The fact that he was a leather worker implies that he was not simply poor, but a Burakumin, making his success even more extraordinary.
31st Mar '16 8:47:27 PM jamespolk
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* AccidentalKidnapping: The kidnapper gets confused and winds up taking the chauffeur's son instead of Gondo's.



* VillainousBreakdown

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* VillainousBreakdownTrueCraftsman: Gondo cares about making quality shoes, and takes offense when more ethically challenged executives at National Shoes suggest making a deliberately shoddy product.
* TwoActStructure: The first half of the film involves the kidnapping and RansomDrop, which is complicated by Gondo's planned takeover of National Shoes and his reluctance to expose himself to complete financial ruin. The second half of the movie largely leaves Gondo behind and follows the meticulous police investigation that eventually tracks down the kidnapper.
* VillainousBreakdown: The kidnapper breaks down sobbing and tries to swallow a heroin overdose when he is finally caught. And his brave front when he faces Gendo winds up dissolving into hysterical screaming.
31st Mar '16 8:25:53 PM jamespolk
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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Shinichi is alive and safe, but his father has probably lost his job. Gondo loses his job, his wealth and all his possessions, but gains the respect of a nation and gets a lower-paying but more rewarding job with a smaller company. The police catch the kidnapper, but not before he's murdered his accomplices and an innocent bystander, and too late to save Gondo's wealth. And the kidnapper succeeds in destroying Gondo's wealth and position, but breaks down when he sees that Gondo himself is able to endure this.]]

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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Shinichi is alive and safe, but his father has probably lost his job. Gondo loses his job, his wealth and all his possessions, but gains TheBigBoard: The cops in Yokohama have a large map of the respect of a nation and gets a lower-paying but more rewarding job with a smaller company. The police catch the kidnapper, but not before he's murdered his accomplices and city that they use in an innocent bystander, and too late effort to save Gondo's wealth. And puzzle out where the kidnapper succeeds in destroying Gondo's wealth and position, but breaks down when he sees that Gondo himself is able to endure this.]]called from.


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* EarnYourHappyEnding: Gondo's plan to take over National Shoes fails, and he loses all his possessions when his creditors call in his loan. But he gets the cash back when the kidnapper is finally caught, and he gets a chance to start over again with a smaller but better shoe company.


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* MakeItLookLikeAnAccident: The kidnapper uses as his partners in crime two heroin junkies. He then murders them with heroin overdoses by deliberately giving them 95% pure heroin.
6th Nov '15 10:36:50 PM DemonDuckofDoom
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* BigBad: [[spoiler:Ginjiro Takeuchi]], the mastermind of Shinichi's kidnapping.
15th Jan '15 4:49:03 PM eroock
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* RansomDrop: From a train per the kidnapper's meticulous instructions.
25th Dec '14 4:53:03 AM eroock
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14th Sep '14 5:01:18 PM Temmere
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* SelfMadeMan: Gondo worked his way up from cobbler's apprentice to the position he now occupies, though his marriage to Reiko did give him much more wealth to work with.

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* SelfMadeMan: Gondo worked his way up from cobbler's apprentice to the position he now occupies, though his marriage to Reiko did give him much more wealth to work with. (And note that this kind of upward social mobility would have been ''extremely'' rare in Japan at the time, making Gondo's moral dilemma even more harrowing.)
19th Jul '14 9:50:13 PM Mdumas43073
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* FilmOfTheBook: Based on the novel ''[[Literature/EightySeventhPrecinct King's Ransom]]'' by Ed Mc Bain (pen name of Creator/EvanHunter).

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* FilmOfTheBook: FilmOfTheBook / ForeignRemake: Based on the novel ''[[Literature/EightySeventhPrecinct King's Ransom]]'' by Ed Mc Bain [=McBain=] (pen name of Creator/EvanHunter).
9th Dec '13 5:35:15 PM eroock
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