The Warui yatsu hodo yoku nemuru (The Bad Sleep Well)
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The Warui yatsu hodo yoku nemuru (The Bad Sleep Well)
In this engaging drama, acclaimed Japanese director Akira Kurosawa deftly splices together the nuances of hypocrisy, old feudal misconceptions lingering in modern corruption, and Shakespeare's Hamlet. The rotten corporate world is taken on by Koichi Nishi (Toshiro Mifune), who is looking for revenge in the death of his father. Koichi is a private secretary to a government official, and in the opening scene, at Koichi's wedding to the official's disabled daughter, a special cake is brought in which jolts those present -- it reminds them of the suicide that paved the way for their… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Ed Park, Village Voice
"A well-done thriller with Kurosawa's usual social overtones."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"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."
‑ Douglas Pratt, DVDLaser
"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."
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"It's still as visually striking as anything you will see by this director."
‑ Fran Hortop, Film4
"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."
‑ Tom Milne, Time Out
"A powerful tale of a son seeking to avenge his father in a world of corporate malfeasance with Hamlet-like dimensions."
‑ Louis Proyect, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"One of Kurosawa's finest achievements."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"A freestyle homage to Hamlet that does away with the costumed faithfulness of Kurosawa's other Shakespeare adaptations."
‑ Nick Schager, Slant Magazine
"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."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"The Bad Sleep Well's ground-breaking concept shows Kurosawa's uncompromised ambition."
‑ Armond White, New York Press
"There just seemed to be a missing ingredient to raise this intense psychological drama to the level of a Rashomon."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A startlingly relevant 'social problem film' (shakai-mono)--of its time and our own--and an existential melodrama by way of Hamlet."
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
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