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Another great Kurosawa film,
This review is from: The Bad Sleep Well  [DVD] (DVD)
I came to the films of Akira Kurosawa through his Samurai films, the Seven Samurai, Sanjuro, Yojimbo etc, when I had exhausted these I turned to his more contemporary films and I was not disappointed with what I found as they are just as good.
Kurosawa wanted to make a film of Social significance for this he chose to look at corruption hiding behind the faceless Japanese Corporations and show the more powerful you are the more corrupt you are.
Basically this is a story of revenge, very much based on Hamlet, it revovles around Toshiro Mifune's character who plots revenge against those who were to blame for the death of his father. He does this by by infiltrating the ranks of the Public Corporation,then cynically marries the President's daughter in order to expose all the conspirators.
The whole film starts at the wedding, this is a wonderful start to the film as we get to meet all the characters of the piece almost all in one go, and we gain an understanding of what has transpired and with the arrival of the extra wedding cake which is a copy of the Public Corporation building with the window Mifunes dead father jumped from to his so called 'suicide' highlighted with a rose we get to see at first hand who the guilty parties are from glances and looks of panic and terror.
Francis Ford Coppola said, it was as perfect a first thirty minutes to a film he has ever seen'
I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this film to anyone it's a great piece of cinema from one of the all time great Director's.