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The Bad Sleep Well (1960)

Warui yatsu hodo yoku nemuru (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 22 January 1963 (USA)
A vengeful young man marries the daughter of a corrupt industrialist in order to seek justice for his father's suicide.

Director:

Akira Kurosawa
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Toshirô Mifune ... Kôichi Nishi
Masayuki Mori ... Public Corporation Vice President Iwabuchi
Kyôko Kagawa ... Yoshiko Nishi
Tatsuya Mihashi ... Tatsuo Iwabuchi
Takashi Shimura ... Administrative Officer Moriyama
Kô Nishimura Kô Nishimura ... Contract Officer Shirai
Takeshi Katô ... Itakura
Kamatari Fujiwara ... Assistant-to-the-Chief Wada
Chishû Ryû ... Public Prosecutor Nonaka
Seiji Miyaguchi ... Prosecutor Okakura
Kôji Mitsui ... Reporter A
Ken Mitsuda Ken Mitsuda ... Public Corporation President Arimura
Nobuo Nakamura ... Legal Adviser
Susumu Fujita Susumu Fujita ... Detective
Kôji Nanbara Kôji Nanbara ... Prosecutor Horiuchi
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It is a high-profile wedding: the daughter of Mr Iwabuchi, a wealthy businessman, is marrying Mr Nishi, a car salesman. However, Mr Iwabuchi and other senior members of his company are suspected of corporate malfeasance and the wedding becomes a bit of a farce, with the press swarming all over it. To add to the discord, the company officials are rather publicly reminded of an ignominious event which occurred a few years ago - a senior employee committed suicide by jumping from the 7th floor of their offices. Now other senior officials are committing suicide and it looks like it is related to that death of a few years ago. Written by grantss

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

'Kyoko Kagawa' wore both uneven shoes and a knee brace to help make her character's limp more believable and real. See more »

Quotes

Koichi Nishi: It's not easy hating evil. You have to stoke your own fury until you become evil yourself.
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Alternate Versions

Originally released at 151 in Japan; USA version removes 16 minutes of footage. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Good Dick (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Wedding March
(uncredited)
from "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Played at the presentation of the wedding cake
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Another Kurasawa classic!
21 May 2006 | by M-PetriSee all my reviews

I just watched "The Bad Sleep Well," and finished reading the other viewers comments. So I will comment on both. "Seven Samurai" is perhaps my favorite film of all time, and I really like Kurasawa's work. Other than the brief plot summary, I didn't really know what to expect from "The Bad Sleep Well." The beginning can be somewhat confusing, as the reporters throw out lots of Japanese names and the viewer must struggle to understand what's going on and who is who. But as the film progressed, I found myself drawn in and completely absorbed by it. Don't worry if you don't get it at first, all will become clear. I found this to be an excellent film, and I would recommend it to any Kurasawa film. Sure, it's not action-packed like his samurai films. And yes, it is somewhat slow in pace. But I must say that I didn't really mind that. I found it quite engrossing. There are enough plot twists and turns to keep the viewer interested. I din't think that Toshiro Mifune did a bad job either, as some other viewers thought. He's not wild and crazy like in "Seven Samurai" or "Rashomon" but I didn't think he was badly cast. Sadly, I am not intimately familiar with "Hamlet," so I can't comment too much on the similarities. It seems to be the general opinion that this "The Bad Sleep Well" is loosely based on Hamlet, but I also agree that this won't detract from your enjoyment of the film in any way, and that knowing "Hamlet" doesn't mean that you will know what happens in this film. I agree with those who say that this is another underrated Kurarsawa masterpiece, and well worth seeing. Give it a chance!


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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

22 January 1963 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,942, 28 July 2002

Gross USA:

$46,808

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$46,808
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Sound Mix:

Perspecta Stereo (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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