The Warui yatsu hodo yoku nemuru (The Bad Sleep Well) Reviews

October 22, 2019
[The Bad Sleep Well] is a daring film revealing the existence of corruption and scandal within any high financing enterprise in any society. The message that haunts us is that everything will be hushed up again by the smooth operating higher-ups.
December 3, 2016
Uneven thriller about taking down corporate criminals has great opening scene.
April 27, 2010
A powerful tale of a son seeking to avenge his father in a world of corporate malfeasance with Hamlet-like dimensions.
January 20, 2010
The Bad Sleep Well's ground-breaking concept shows Kurosawa's uncompromised ambition.
June 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.
June 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.
June 19, 2008
One of Kurosawa's finest achievements.
July 24, 2006
There just seemed to be a missing ingredient to raise this intense psychological drama to the level of a Rashomon.
March 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.
January 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.
January 9, 2006
A freestyle homage to Hamlet that does away with the costumed faithfulness of Kurosawa's other Shakespeare adaptations.
December 29, 2005
A startlingly relevant 'social problem film' (shakai-mono)--of its time and our own--and an existential melodrama by way of Hamlet.
July 7, 2005
May 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.
June 22, 2004
It's still as visually striking as anything you will see by this director.
August 22, 2003
July 30, 2002
January 1, 2000
A well-done thriller with Kurosawa's usual social overtones.