The Warui yatsu hodo yoku nemuru (The Bad Sleep Well) Reviews
The plot follows a man named Nishi on his quest for revenge against the members of the corporation who forced his father to commit suicide by jumping out of the seventh story window because of his knowledge of the company's dealings. Now he is hell-bent on taking down the men responsible for this crime and shedding light to the public about the corporation's misdeeds. However, everything in his life is at stake and things may not go according to plan when dealing with such evil men who will do anything in the name of power and money.
The Bad Sleep Well is a brilliant marriage of Shakespeare tragedy (Inspired primarily by Hamlet), American film noir, and the stunning direction by master film-maker Akira Kurosawa. While I have adored his other works that I've seen, this could very well by my favorite film of his, as well as being quite possibly, one of the all-time greats I have ever seen.
Though 2.5-hours in length, there was not a single dull moment and I found my eyes glued to the screen and my ass glued to my chair as I watched the elaborate, multi-layered plot unfold so beautifully. It's a film with well-rounded and interesting characters, and it's hard not to get involved in Nishi's odyssey of traveling deep into the rabbit hole of not only corporate evil, but pure evil and downright monstrous human nature and all the good people who got caught in the deadly web as they try to expose what goes on. However, not even some of the evil-doers themselves can escape, as some are merely puppets who don't want to face the wrath of their masters. It's positively riveting as the characters unravel the dark depths of human evil and how far it really goes. But, not even the viewer gets to see how far it goes, leaving an uneasy feeling because it all feels so real and no one really knows how deep-seeded these things really are.
It's a mesmerizing, towering, brilliant, and masterful, and epic corporate thriller that will not leave you once it is finished, and will even have you clamoring to re-watch it just to see if you can unravel more details behind the very intricate plot that holds many secrets. If any film-maker wants to make a corporate thriller, someone needs to hand them a copy of The Bad Sleep Well, because this is how you fucking make a corporate thriller. If you love a good thriller, this is not one to miss and it should be more widely known because it is still very relevant in today's world.
Matsayuki Mori makes a surprisingly effective villain.