The Bad Sleep Well The Bad Sleep Well

The Bad Sleep Well

Akira Kurosawa

 
The Bad Sleep Well (Criterion DVD)

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  • Japan
  • 1960
  • 150 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 2.35:1
  • Japanese
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  • Spine #319

A young executive hunts down his father’s killer in director Akira Kurosawa’s scathing The Bad Sleep Well. Continuing his legendary collaboration with actor Toshiro Mifune, Kurosawa combines elements of Hamlet and American film noir to chilling effect in exposing the corrupt boardrooms of postwar corporate Japan.

Cast

Koichi NishiToshiro Mifune
Public Corporation Vice President IwabuchiMasayuki Mori
Tatsuo IwabuchiTatsuya Mihashi
MoriyamaTakashi Shimura
Keiko NishiKyoko Kagawa
Contract Officer ShiraiKô Nishimura
ItakuraTakeshi Kato
Assistant-to-the-Chief WadaKamatari Fujiwara
Public Prosecutor NonakaChishu Ryu

Disc Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer
  • A 33-minute documentary on the making of The Bad Sleep Well, created as part of the Toho Masterworks series Akira Kurosawa: It Is Wonderful to Create
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • New and improved subtitle translation
  • New essays by film critic Chuck Stephens and director Michael Almereyda (Deadwood, Hamlet)

    New cover by Eric Skillman

Film Essays

The Bad Sleep Well: The Higher Depths

By Chuck Stephens January 05, 2006

A gray flannel ghost story in which the living haunt the dead, The Bad Sleep Well (1960) remains the least appreciated of Akira Kuro-sawa’s midperiod collaborations with Toshiro Mifune—a fate . . . Read more »


Film Essays

The Bad Sleep Well: Shakespeare’s Ghost

By Michael Almereyda January 05, 2006

Akira Kurosawa died in September of 1998, a month before I began shooting a humble, contemporary version of Hamlet set in Manhattan and filmed on Super 16mm. Another A. K.—Aki Kaurismaki— . . . Read more »

Photo Galleries

The Magnetic Mifune

April 01, 2014


Film Essays

The Bad Sleep Well: The Higher Depths

By Chuck Stephens January 05, 2006

A gray flannel ghost story in which the living haunt the dead, The Bad Sleep Well (1960) remains the least appreciated of Akira Kuro-sawa’s midperiod collaborations with Toshiro Mifune—a fate . . . Read more »


Film Essays

The Bad Sleep Well: Shakespeare’s Ghost

By Michael Almereyda January 05, 2006

Akira Kurosawa died in September of 1998, a month before I began shooting a humble, contemporary version of Hamlet set in Manhattan and filmed on Super 16mm. Another A. K.—Aki Kaurismaki— . . . Read more »