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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 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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22 January 1963 (USA)  »

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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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Roses from the South (Rosen aus dem Süden, Op. 388)
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American setting with Japanese story.
23 December 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

There is no doubt that Akira Kurosawa had great affection for the rich history of his native Japan. Watching films like Rashomon and Seven Samurai show his attention to detail and his desire to make those stories as authentic as possible. However, Kurosawa also thoroughly enjoyed American novels and stories as well as anything Western-related. In this film, he borrows heavily from American dramas of the time using similar costumes, set pieces and locations to showcase a story that some say is reminiscent of Hamlet, though I don't know.

As the story opens, we know very little and through the first ten minutes or so we know even less as we see all the events happen through the media's point of view. Then, we follow Nishi, a hardworking secretary who married his boss' daughter in the opening credits. As the story unfolds, we learn Nishi's father was forced to commit suicide and he is after revenge on the men responsible. Kurosawa masterfully keeps us in the dark for practically the entire time so that the only time everything really comes together is at the end. Toshiro Mifune does a good job of playing someone who keeps most of his emotions bottled up despite having played very extrovert characters before. I would say if you like Kurosawa to give this a chance. It isn't one of his best, but the plot is intriguing, the acting is convincing, and the films looks great as well. It may be a little long, but that is small potatoes to what is going on here.


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