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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22 January 1963 (USA)  »

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The Rose in the Mud  »

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2.35 : 1
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The wedding reception scene was filmed over two weeks. See more »


Construction Company President Hatano: A man with a full stomach doesn't bother with snacks.
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Referenced in Kurosawa: The Last Emperor (1999) See more »


Bridal Chorus
from "Lohengrin"
Music by Richard Wagner
Played at the end of the wedding ceremony
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wonderful and often overlooked
25 May 2005 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

While the Seven Sumarai and Rashomon are wonderful Kurasawa flicks, too few people are aware that he made other great films that are NOT samurai films because they are rarely seen in the United States. Only osscasionally, they are shown on Turner Classic Movies or other channels and should not be missed.

One of the best examples of this is this movie. The Bad Sleep Well is extremely well-written and acted and keeps your attention from start (the cake scene) to finish (the final showdown). I love how Kurasawa does NOT follow the expected path in this and his other pictures. Anyone wanting something DIFFERENT should give Kurasawa a try. In addition, I would strongly recommend Kurasawa's Madadayo ("Not Yet") or Shubun ("Scandal") as among his lesser-known flicks you MUST see. Among his slightly more famous, try Throne of Blood (a GREAT remake of MacBeth) or Yojimbo.

FYI--this story is a slight re-working of Hamlet, though you might not notice it unless you are looking.

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