The Bad Sleep Well (1960)
"Warui yatsu hodo yoku nemuru" (original title)

Approved  |   |  Crime, Drama, Thriller  |  22 January 1963 (USA)
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A vengeful young man marries the daughter of a corrupt industrialist in order to seek justice for his father's suicide.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kôichi Nishi
Public Corporation Vice President Iwabuchi
Kyôko Kagawa ...
Yoshiko Nishi
Tatsuya Mihashi ...
Tatsuo Iwabuchi
Kô Nishimura ...
Contract Officer Shirai
Takeshi Katô ...
Kamatari Fujiwara ...
Assistant-to-the-Chief Wada
Public Prosecutor Nonaka
Seiji Miyaguchi ...
Prosecutor Okakura
Kôji Mitsui ...
Reporter A
Ken Mitsuda ...
Public Corporation President Arimura
Legal Adviser
Susumu Fujita ...
Kôji Nanbara ...
Prosecutor Horiuchi


In Kurosawa's HAMLET-like story of corporate scandal in post-war Japan, a young man attempts to use his position at the heart of a corrupt company to expose the men responsible for his father's death. Written by Bernard Keane <>

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Crime | Drama | Thriller


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Release Date:

22 January 1963 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Rose in the Mud  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Akira Kurosawa:  [weather]  Wada's colleague accountant's suicide occurs during a rainy day. See more »


Administrative Officer Moriyama: [imprisoned inside a locked room] Cut the crap! You've starved me for two whole days!
Koichi Nishi: Would you like to eat?
Administrative Officer Moriyama: Of course!
Koichi Nishi: We haven't got much to offer. You like ham and eggs on toast?
Administrative Officer Moriyama: Anything!
Koichi Nishi: [opening up the locked door and showing him the pan of food] Ham and eggs on toast will run you 15 million.
Administrative Officer Moriyama: 15 million?
Koichi Nishi: Surely you're not shocked! 'Always get a kickback!' That's your policy, isn't it?
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Referenced in Good Dick (2008) See more »


Bridal Chorus
from "Lohengrin"
Music by Richard Wagner
Played at the end of the wedding ceremony
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Kurosawa in top form
5 November 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Bad Sleep Well is one of the best revenge movies of all time. It stars the great Toshiro Mifune as a man seeking revenge against the people who forced his father into committing suicide. Unlike many revenge movies, The Bad Sleep Well doesn't glamorize its subject. Instead it shows how in trying to get retribution for a man who is now dead, Mifune ends up injuring himself and other people he loves who are still alive. There are a lot of beautiful and haunting images, like when we see a desperate man struggling to climb a volcano so he can throw himself in, or a number of scenes that are shot at the bombed out wreckage of an old WWII munitions plant. The bleak landscape mirrors the damaged lives of the movie's characters. Powerful and haunting, this is a movie that will follow you for days.

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