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The Bad Sleep Well (1960)

Warui yatsu hodo yoku nemuru (original title)
Not Rated | | 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.

Director:

Akira Kurosawa
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Cast

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

It is a high-profile wedding: the daughter of Mr Iwabuchi, a wealthy businessman, is marrying Mr Nishi, a car salesman. However, Mr Iwabuchi and other senior members of his company are suspected of corporate malfeasance and the wedding becomes a bit of a farce, with the press swarming all over it. To add to the discord, the company officials are rather publicly reminded of an ignominious event which occurred a few years ago - a senior employee committed suicide by jumping from the 7th floor of their offices. Now other senior officials are committing suicide and it looks like it is related to that death of a few years ago. Written by grantss

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

22 January 1963 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Bad Sleep Well See more »

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Sound Mix:

Perspecta Stereo (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

DIRECTOR_TRADEMARK(Akira Kurosawa): [weather]: Wada's colleague accountant's suicide occurs during a rainy day; rain and wind are shown while Nishi and Itakura interrogate Moriyama. See more »

Quotes

Assistant-to-the-Chief Wada: I met the young lady twice while planning 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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Alternate Versions

Originally released at 151 in Japan; USA version removes 16 minutes of footage. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Kurosawa: The Last Emperor (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Bridal Chorus
(uncredited)
from "Lohengrin"
Music by Richard Wagner
Played at the end of the wedding ceremony
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Kurosawa in top form
5 November 2007 | by RussyPelicanSee 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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