The Bad Sleep Well

Drama | Japanese with English subtitles | 151 minutes


Public Development Corporation Vice President Iwabuchi is attending the wedding reception of his daughter Yoshiko to his ambitious secretary Kôichi Nishi. Police interrupt the reception to arrest Wada, a corporate assistant officer, on charges of bribery and kickbacks.  The arrest and the wedding cake with its peculiar design of the corporate headquarters, remind Nishi of the hushed-up death of his father. Feeling  his father was murdered, Nishi  is determined to avenge his father’s death.     

Toshiro Mifune (Kôichi Nishi) / Masayuki Mori (Vice President Iwabuchi) / Kyōko Kagawa (Yoshiko) / Kamatari Fujiwara (Wada)
Why Stream This Film?
Kurosawa is as adept describing modern day corporate corruption as he is describing 16th century Japanese civil wars and the heroics of the samurai.
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 100%
  • Berlin International Film Festival: Winner, Best Director (Akira Kurosawa)
  • The film received a perfect 100% Rotten Tomatoes score.

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A well-done thriller with Kurosawa’s usual social overtones.
Dave Kehr

Chicago Reader

THE BAD SLEEP WELL is an aggressive and chilling drama of modern-day Japan, exposing a fringe of big business in the forthright manner of an American gangster film. This is a powerful and interesting picture that Kurosawa has made.
Bosley Crowther

The New York Times



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