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The Bad Sleep Well (1960)

Warui yatsu hodo yoku nemuru (original title)
Approved | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 22 January 1963 (USA)
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
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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)  »

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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

Quotes

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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Connections

Referenced in Good Dick (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

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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Under appreciated Kurosawa masterpiece
13 October 1999 | by (Rock Forest, Quebec) – See all my reviews

At the start of this film I didn't know what to expect. I thought it might be a mediocre Kurosawa film. By the end of the film I realized it was one of his best. This film about familial discord and corporate manipulation is breathtaking. Its filled with irony, double crosses, cynicism, manipulation and revenge. In short, its endlessly interesting and captivating. Definitly a must see.


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