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The Bad Sleep Well (1960)

Japan 151m, B&W
Director: Akira Kurosawa; Cast: Toshirô Mifune, Masayuki Mori, Kyōko Kagawa, Tatsuya Mihashi, Takashi Shimura, Kô Nishimura, Takeshi Katô

thebadsleepwellIn The Bad Sleep Well, Kurosawa presents another “social problem” story. Unlike most of his other films, the victims in this production are not the poorest of society, but rather the emerging Japanese middle class. The film is a scathing critique of corruption and lingering feudal-based mythos in the Japanese corporate world as seen through the efforts of a man who attempts to expose the criminal activity of those who he holds responsible for his father’s suicide. Opening with a grand wedding scene, reminiscent of the Godfather, The Bad Sleep Well is carefully crafted film noir with a dark moral conclusion in which Kurosawa implies that challenges to corrupt authority require sacrifice of individual morality (Klaus Ming January 2011).

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