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

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 5, 1962
DVD Release Date: January 10, 2006
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Ed Park
Village Voice

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.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

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

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Armond White
New York Press

The Bad Sleep Well's ground-breaking concept shows Kurosawa's uncompromised ambition.

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Tom Milne
Time Out

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.

Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television

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

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Douglas Pratt

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.

Bosley Crowther
New York Times

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.

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Louis Proyect

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

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TV Guide

One of Kurosawa's finest achievements.

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Flixster Audience Score: 92% Flixster User Reviews
Michael Gildea
The Bad Sleep Well is one of Akira Kurosawa's more contemporary classics borrowing from film noir and Shakespeare respectively. Kurosawa's direction… More
xGary Xx
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… More
Randy Tippy
Akira Kurosawa's noir-ish tale of corporate evil and corruption. An exquisite adaptation of <i>Hamlet</i> that's both reverent and… More
Drew Smith
High class Kurosawa. Fresh, interesting characters and a darkly twisted plot, superimposed on involving corporate drama, make for a multilayered and frequently… More
Bruce Bruce
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… More
danny d
incredible. kurosawa never ceases to amaze me. this is considered one of kurosawas least appreciated films but its so perfect. tashiro mifune offers up… More