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Program begins at 7:30pm with a live recording of the Greg Proops Film Club podcast. Feature starts at 8:00 PM.

In director Akira Kurosawa’s hands, corporate executives can be just as ruthless as 16th-century samurai. Kingo Gondo’s (Toshiro Mifune) plans to take over a shoe company hit a snag when kidnappers demand a ransom for his son. It turns out the criminals have the wrong boy – the son of Gondo’s chauffeur – but still want their money. Loosely based on the Ed McBain novel King’s Ransom, this crime drama pairs the executive’s dilemma with a police procedural that’s equally gripping. In Japanese with English subtitles.

(1963, Janus/Toho/Kurosawa, dir by Akira Kurosawa, 143mns, 35mm)


Aero Theatre
1328 Montana Ave
Santa Monica, CA 90403 United States


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