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

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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

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

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 <BKeane2@email.dot.gov.au>

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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22 January 1963 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Rose in the Mud  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The ideas for the film came from Kurosawa's nephew, Mike Y. Inoue, who wanted to be a scriptwriter and was giving his scripts to his uncle. Kurosawa liked it and made suggestions, to which Inoue spent 6 months rewriting the script under the title "Bad Men's Prosperity." Kurosawa, along with several others, reworked it even more into the final version, though Inoue did not receive screen credit. See more »

Quotes

Contract Officer Shirai: I met the young lady twice while plannung the wedding. She's a genuinely sweet person. When I think of her agony, I wish a peaceful resolution were possible.
Itakura: Unfortunately there just isn't any way. That man's evil! If we hesitate, we're finished.
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Referenced in Kurosawa: The Last Emperor (1999) See more »

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Roses from the South (Rosen aus dem Süden, Op. 388)
(uncredited)
Music by Johann Strauß
Played before and during the arrest
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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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