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

1962

The Warui yatsu hodo yoku nemuru (The Bad Sleep Well) (1962)

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Simultaneously castigating the lingering traces of feudalism in modern-day Japanese big business and government and paying tribute to the Warner Brothers crime dramas of the 1940s, distinguished Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa's Bad Sleep Wall tells the gritty, almost Shakespearean tale of murder, power and a young son's quest for revenge.

Cast

Toshiro Mifune
as Koichi Nishi
Kenjiro Ishiyama
as Det. Taguchi
Masayuki Mori
as Public Corporation Vice President Iwabuchi
K.O.
as Det. Arai
Akira Nishimura
as Public Corporation Vice President Iwabuchi
Tatsuya Nakadai
as Insp. Tokuro
Yutaka Sada
as Aoki, chauffeur
Yoshio Tsuchiya
as Det. Murata
Tsutomu Yamazaki
as Ginji Takeuchi, kidnaper
Chishu Ryu
as Nonaka
Susumu Fujita
as Commissioner
Koji Mitsui
as Journalist
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Critic Reviews for The Warui yatsu hodo yoku nemuru (The Bad Sleep Well)

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (4)

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.

Jun 19, 2008 | Full Review…
Village Voice
Top Critic

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.

Jan 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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.

May 10, 2005 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

A well-done thriller with Kurosawa's usual social overtones.

Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…

Uneven thriller about taking down corporate criminals has great opening scene.

Dec 3, 2016 | Full Review…

A powerful tale of a son seeking to avenge his father in a world of corporate malfeasance with Hamlet-like dimensions.

Apr 27, 2010 | Full Review…

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

The Bad Sleep Well is one of Akira Kurosawa's more contemporary classics borrowing from film noir and Shakespeare respectively. Kurosawa's direction and storytelling skills areas always top shelf and its nice to know that a clean-shaven Toshiro Mifune was able to hold his own even without a top knot and a sword in hand. Plenty of great moments are slightly thrown off by some vaguely uneven pacing in the last act and an ending that left a little to be desired. This definitely isn't to say The Bad Sleep Well should be avoided, just probably not for the novice or intermediate Kurosawa enthusiast.

Michael Gildea
Michael Gildea

Super Reviewer

Akira Kurosawa's noir-ish tale of corporate evil and corruption. An exquisite adaptation of Hamlet that's both reverent and unnerving.

Randy Tippy
Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

It takes a certain type person to enjoy a Criterion Collection movie, lets face it if Spiderman, Terminator, Or Lion King is your favorite movie, its very doubtful you will in enjoy a Criterion Collection movie. This one is no exception. A great movie but you must read subtitles and be willing to pay close attention. A great addition to a collection if you can afford it.

Bruce Bruce
Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

½

This is the first of Kurosawa's contemporary stories I have seen, and once again the visual style and composition is remarkable, melding his unique style with the shadowy world of Film Noir. The plot is a variation on the themes of Hamlet set in the corrupt underbelly of corporate Japan. Toshiro Mifune proves there is more to his repertoire than the lone warrior, and is just as much of a bad ass without a katana in his hand. Unfortunately I was struggling with some more dubious subtitling and so probably missed some of the nuances of the script, and the unrelentingly grey morality combined with a (deliberately) unsatisfying ending left me feeling a little disorientated. But there are some wonderful moments, particularly in the middle of the film when Mifune's motives become apparent and his plans come into effect. A beautifully made and unusual morality tale that could be described as "corporate noir"!

xGary Xx
xGary Xx

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