Bad Sleep Well (Criterion Collection)

Directed By: Akira Kurosawa Starring: Toshirô Mifune

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A vengeful young man marries the daughter of a corrupt industrialist in order to seek justice for his father's suicide.


Studio Criterion Collection
SKU 202079191
UPC 037429207529
UPC 14 00037429207529
Format DVD
Release Date 1/10/2006
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Something is rotten in Japan in this engaging drama by acclaimed director Akira Kurosawa. Toshirô Mifune stars as Koichi Nishi, the secretary to the president of a housing corporation, who seeks revenge for his father's murder. At Koichi's marriage to Kieko (Kyôko Kagawa), the president's daughter, memories of the death are stirred, and soon corruption within the organization is exposed. Unknown to the officials, Koichi is the hidden force behind the mysterious happenings that begin to weigh on their consciences and ruin their lives. As the story moves toward its tragic conclusion, spectral figures lurk in the darkened streets while others plot and scheme within their shining corporate offices. Loosely based on Shakespeare's HAMLET, Kurosawa's film skillfully combines themes from the classic play with a stylish 1960s film noir mood.
Plot Summary
Summary A grieving son seeks revenge for his father's murder. Mind manipulation and danger reign, as Koichi Nishi (Toshirô Mifune) infiltrates the corrupt construction company that was responsible for his father's death.
Memorable Quotes
Quote "Oh, it's hard to hate evil. I have to hate and become hateful myself."--Koichi Nishi (Toshirô Mifune) to Itakura (Takeshi Kato) and Wada (Kamatari Fujiwara)
Uncut "Kurosawa reworks HAMLET as a tale of corporate skullduggery in '60s Tokyo." 10/01/2005 p.150
Sight and Sound "Toshiro Mifune brings real edge to his role as the wronged son out to avenge his father..." 11/01/2005 p.87
Entertainment Weekly "BAD feels stunningly topical, it has a cool title, and Mifune boils brightly..." 02/03/2006 p.60
Rolling Stone "This is a great movie, brimming with heart-pounding tension..." 02/09/2006 p.70
Akira Kurosawa
Toshirô Mifune
Cast & Crew
Akira Kurosawa - Director
Akira Kurosawa - Editor
Akira Kurosawa, et. al. - Producer
Kyoko Kagawa - Actor
Masaru Sato - Original Music By
Masayuki Mori - Actor
Shinobu Hashimoto, et. al. - Writer
Tatsuya Mihashi - Actor
Toshiru Mifune - Actor
Yoshiro Muraki - Producer
Yuzuru Aizawa - Cinematographer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1960
Catalog ID 040 DVD
UPC 00037429207529
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 150 minutes
Color B&W
Original Language Japanese
Available Subtitles English
Available Audio Tracks Japanese
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  2.35:1
DVD, Japanese, English, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Kurosawa,Akira
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
New York Times The greatest actor-director team in film history.
Time Out Film Guide Masterly!
Village Voice Mifune's buttoned-down avenger is a compelling portrait of righteous obsession.

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