The Bad Sleep Well


This was the first release from Kurosawa's own production company after he'd fought free of the grip of the big studios, and he used it to skewer the all-pervasive corruption that he saw poisoning Japanese society. Made in 1960 and the most oblique of his three Shakespeare adaptations, it relocates Hamlet to a modern-day big-business setting. Toshirô Mifune, coiled and lethal behind his deferential mask, plays Koichi Nishi, the secretary and son-in-law of the CEO of a huge government corporation. His secret plan is to avenge the death of his father, a former executive driven to suicide, by bringing the company down in ruins. But vengeance is a two-edged sword that can turn against the revenger and the powerful have few scruples when it comes to protecting their own interests. The film's title hints at the pessimism of Kurosawa's dark, compelling vision.

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  • UK Theatrical Release Date: July 1st 2005

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