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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
Nobuo Nakamura ...
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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Release Date:

22 January 1963 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Rose in the Mud  »

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In a 1996 interview, Masaru Sato stated that his musical score for the film was his own interpretation of a 'big, evil corporate world' through the phrase he had always heard relating to the corporate world; "It's a jungle out there," which inspired him to "create a jungle-like atmosphere in the music" for the film. See more »


Koichi Nishi: They starved you and my father with scraps from their table, killed you as scapegoats, and still you can't hate them.
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Great watch but a tad too long
27 May 2009 | by (Singapore) – See all my reviews

I enjoyed Akira Kurosawa's medieval adaptations of Shakespeare (Ran, Throne of Blood), as well as his contemporary thriller, High and Low, but I have to say this contemporary thriller adaptation of Hamlet is the weakest of the bunch.

Not to say it's bad - it was still a great watch, just that it was way too long at 151 minutes. It's pretty amazing how Kurosawa made such a contemporary movie back in 1960 that it still feels fresh today. His direction is mostly tight and suspenseful and the movie is further augmented by an effective score and good acting all around, especially by Kurosawa stalwart, Toshiro Mifune.

But overly long it is, and less interesting scenes had my attention wandering. Maybe I should blame Shakespeare instead. Gawd knows I already find him long-winded and boring.

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