Denzel Washington & Spike Lee Begin Production of Akira Kurosawa’s High and Low Remake



  • Denzel Washington and Spike Lee’s fifth collaboration promises to add a modern twist to Akira Kurosawa’s classic
    High and Low
  • The English reinterpretation of Akira Kurosawa’s
    High and Low
    marks the start of principal photography.
  • Gramm-nominated singer Isis Ice Spice Gaston will make her acting debut in the film, adding new artistic flair.

The Denzel Washington and Spike Lee duo is back on set for the fifth time, working on an adaptation of Akira Kurosawa’s classic film High and Low under the banner of A24.

A recent post on A24’s X account captured the two cinema giants flashing five fingers, symbolizing their fifth project together. The image marks the start of principal photography, a mere two months after A24 revealed plans for the film.

This venture not only deepens their illustrious partnership but also promises to add a modern twist to the beloved narrative. High and Low is set to begin its cinematic journey with A24, before making its way to Apple TV+ for its streaming release.

Denzel Washington and Spike Lee’s collaboration has produced notable films like Malcolm X, Mo’ Better Blues, He Got Game, and Inside Man. These projects are known for their dynamic storytelling delivered with powerful performances and provocative narratives.

Their newest project, High and Low, promises to continue this tradition. This film is an English reinterpretation of Akira Kurosawa’s 1963 classic, which tells the riveting tale of a shoe company executive in Yokohama caught in a high-stakes extortion crisis when his chauffeur’s son is mistakenly kidnapped instead of his own child. While it remains to be seen how closely the remake will adhere to the original’s storyline, the reimagining of such a narrative under Lee’s direction is sure to introduce fresh dimensions to the plot.


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Spike Lee is not only directing but also serves as an executive producer and co-writer of the screenplay alongside Alan Fox. Adding a contemporary touch to the cast, Grammy-nominated singer Isis Ice Spice Gaston will make her acting debut, suggesting an intriguing blend of established cinematic technique and new artistic flair.

Denzel Washington, meanwhile, continues to diversify his impressive portfolio. Following his role in The Equalizer 3, which garnered critical acclaim and achieved commercial success, Washington remains a formidable force in the industry. His upcoming roles in Gladiator II, where he plays a former slave turned influential arms dealer, and an untitled Netflix project portraying the historic Carthaginian general Hannibal, showcase his continued commitment to challenging and complex roles.

Spike Lee, too, maintains his stature with recent successes like BlacKKKlansman, which earned him an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay and a Best Director nomination, and Da 5 Bloods.



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