Tagged: high and low, kidnapping, ransom payment
30 November 2013
Here’s a question that has been nagging me for a while: who ultimately is responsible for ransom payments in a kidnap situation?
Considering the situation in High and Low, where Gondo is being extorted for money for a non-family member, and the police is already involved, do you think that he would have been legally and/or morally justified to expect the state to cover the bill, rather than having to pay from his own purse?
It wouldn’t have made quite as good a story, of course.
2 December 2013
I would imagine that governments would always be reluctant to pay up a ransom as it would make them very vulnerable to fraud, or indeed subject to the sort of blackmail used in the plot for Dirty Harry. I believe that in Somalia some governments do indeed pay ransoms, but they do their best to keep it quiet or pretend that it was private individuals who pay up. I believe that in some countries where kidnapping is still a major problem, its possible to buy ransom insurance.
3 December 2013
I guess some aspects of the plot are out of date now – apparently now ransoms are paid in Bitcoins. It would be hard to dramatise a handover of those…
14 December 2013
Perhaps you are right. It would just seem strange that Gondo should be held morally responsible for paying up in this situation.
And yes, I can’t quite imagine High and Low with a Bitcoin exchange! But maybe Chris Rock will write it in for the remake! 😉
22 December 2013
I think perhaps the huge public support Gondo received for his actions was not because he carried out his moral responsibility, but the opposite – he was not morally responsible (at least in a rational, legalistic way) – but he took responsibility anyway. It was his voluntary assumption of the burden which led to the newfound respect of the police (i.e. the audience) and the general public.
Log in or Register to post a comment!
Akira Kurosawa info • The Akira Kurosawa Community
Home - News - Information - Discussion
Email Alerts - Facebook - Twitter - Tumblr - Reddit - RSS
Akira Kurosawa info is © 2006-2019 and maintained by Vili Maunula
This is an independent website not affiliated with Akira Kurosawa, his estate or Kurosawa Production Co
The views expressed by visitors are their own
Powered by WordPress and love of cinema.