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The Bad Sleep Well [1960] [DVD]

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  • Actors: Toshirô Mifune, Masayuki Mori, Kyôko Kagawa, Tatsuya Mihashi, Takashi Shimura
  • Directors: Akira Kurosawa
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Bfi
  • DVD Release Date: 25 July 2005
  • Run Time: 130 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B0009S9LS0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 73,932 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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THE BAD SLEEP WELL
A film by Akira Kurosawa

Koichi Nishi (Toshiro Mifune) is a grieving son seeking revenge for the suicide of his father. By assuming a new identity he rises through the ranks of the Public Corporation and cynically marries the president's daughter to better infiltrate the company and expose the corrupt practice that was responsible for his father's death. However, as Koichi falls in love with his wife, disaster looms.

The first feature brought out under the aegis of Kurosawa's own production company is an impressive tale of greed, corporate corruption and revenge. It is a powerful indictment of the dark side of business and politics with distinct overtones of Hamlet.

The Bad Sleep Well was shot in glorious Tohoscope and has previously only been available in a shortened international version - BFI video is proud to finally release the film in its uncut, original form,

Japan | 1960 | black & white | Japanese language with English subtitles | 145 minutes | Academy ratio 2.35:1 (16x9 anamorphic) | Region 2 DVD

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The Bad Sleep Well tells the story of corruption at the highest levels of Japanese business and its tragic consequences. Though flawed by a tedious introductory sequence and by an ending that seems out of sync with the story, it is a fascinating movie and the middle part is especially exciting.

Japanese legend Toshiro Mifune plays Koichi Nishi, the seemingly stoic bridegroom who is trying to get ahead by marrying the boss's daughter, Kieko (Kyoko Kagawa), who was crippled as a girl. The bride's brother, in a shocking display, exposes the groom's motives during his wedding toast and threatens his new brother-in-law with death if he disappoints his sister. But Nishi is not who we think. He was born the illegitimate son of the man who Kieko's father, Iwabuchi (Maysayuki Mori), manipulated into suicide. Now Nishi wants revenge for his father's death. As Nishi slowly destroys Iwabuchi's life, he makes the fatal error of falling in love with his wife, who already loves him. Their unconsummated marriage stands between these two like a palpable pillar of stone. But just when we think the stone has been tossed aside by love, Iwabuchi finds out who his son-in-law really is.

Shot in black and white, this film falls just short of being brilliant. Mifune is amazing in his portrayal of this complex man who lets his father's past destroy his own future and Maysayuki Mori's performance as the evil Iwabuchi is understated but nonetheless chilling. --LuanneBrown --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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