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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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Kô Nishimura ...
Takeshi Katô ...
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Public Prosecutor Nonaka
Seiji Miyaguchi ...
Prosecutor Okakura
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Reporter A
Ken Mitsuda ...
Public Corporation President Arimura
Nobuo Nakamura ...
Legal Adviser
Susumu Fujita ...
Detective
Kôji Nanbara ...
Prosecutor Horiuchi
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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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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 »

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

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Roses from the South (Rosen aus dem Süden, Op. 388)
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Music by Johann Strauss
Played before and during the arrest
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One of Kurosawa's best
11 February 2007 | by See all my reviews

I am watching Kurosawa's full collection and the more I watch, the more I love the art of "The Emperor". And unlike many Kurosawa's fans, my preferred films are those that talk about the time Kurosawa lived, not about the samurai ages. Again, Kurosawa uses the literature classics (for this film, Shakespeare's "Hamlet") as a source for his stories, proving that the subjects they talked about are still modern. Anyway, the genius of Kurosawa is quite big to make their film be not just a cinema remake of those texts, but an original, exciting plot. And again, Kurosawa gives us a film with a clear and worrying social message, a denounce to a serious problem (company and state corruption that even today still darkens the image of a "100% legal" Japan). A film to enjoy and film to learn about Japanese society and life in a general way.


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