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Big screen classics

The Bad Sleep Well

Warui yatsu hodo yoko nemuru

Kurosawa’s noirish tale tells of a man investigating his father’s supposed suicide.

Image from The Bad Sleep Well

Japan 1960
Dir Akira Kurosawa
With Toshirô Mifune, Takeshi Katô, Masayuki Mori, Takashi Shimura
English subtitles
Certificate PG

Kurosawa’s combination of crime movie and social commentary has a construction company executive (Mifune) marry the boss’s daughter in order to uncover the facts behind his father’s alleged suicide. Primarily concerned with exposing practices of bribery and corruption in big business (and – it’s implied – government), the film was inspired by both Hamlet and film noir. The ’Scope compositions speak volumes.

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