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The Bad Sleep WellIllegitimate son Kôichi Nishi climbs to a high position within a Japanese corporation and marries the crippled daughter of company vice president Iwabuchi, only in order to seek justice for his father's suicide.
Actors of "The Bad Sleep Well"
Characters of "The Bad Sleep Well"
Directors of "The Bad Sleep Well"Akira KurosawaBirthdate: 23 March 1910, Tokyo, Japan
Creators of "The Bad Sleep Well"Hideo OguniBirthdate: 9 July 1904, Aomori, JapanEijirô HisaitaBirthdate: 3 July 1898, Miyagi, Japan
Critic Reviews of "The Bad Sleep Well"Ed Park Village VoiceJune 19, 2008
Opening with a bravura wedding sequence and ending with a sycophantic bow to a replaced telephone receiver, the film has its longueurs, but Mifune's buttoned-down avenger is a compelling portrait of righteous obsession foundering on unpredictable reality.Tom Milne Time OutJanuary 26, 2006
Kurosawa rather loaded the film on the side of social significance, while neglecting to capitalise on the noir aspects that underlie it. Even so, his use of the 'scope screen is masterly.Bosley Crowther New York TimesMay 10, 2005
This is a powerful and interesting picture that Kurosawa has made -- a bit tedious and mawkish in the last reels, but exciting enough along the way to satisfy audiences that know the subject.Dave Kehr Chicago ReaderJanuary 01, 2000
A well-done thriller with Kurosawa's usual social overtones.Michael E. Grost Classic Film and TelevisionDecember 03, 2016
Uneven thriller about taking down corporate criminals has great opening scene.Louis Proyect rec.arts.movies.reviewsApril 27, 2010
A powerful tale of a son seeking to avenge his father in a world of corporate malfeasance with Hamlet-like dimensions.Armond White New York PressJanuary 20, 2010
The Bad Sleep Well's ground-breaking concept shows Kurosawa's uncompromised ambition.Douglas Pratt DVDLaserJune 19, 2008
t is almost an anti-thriller, but viewers who are willing to steep themselves in the intricacies of Japanese ceremonies and the banal details of evil will find the experience highly rewarding.Dennis Schwartz Ozus' World Movie ReviewsJuly 24, 2006
There just seemed to be a missing ingredient to raise this intense psychological drama to the level of a Rashomon.James Kendrick Q Network Film DeskMarch 18, 2006
Despite having been made more than 45 years ago and in a postwar Japanese setting, in the age of Enron, it may be more relevant than ever.Nick Schager Slant MagazineJanuary 09, 2006
A freestyle homage to Hamlet that does away with the costumed faithfulness of Kurosawa's other Shakespeare adaptations.
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