In this loose adaptation of "Hamlet," illegitimate son Kôichi Nishi climbs to a high position within a Japanese corporation and marries the crippled daughter of company vice president Iwabuchi. At the reception, the wedding cake is a replica of their corporate headquarters, but an aspect of the design reminds the party of the hushed-up death of Nishi's father. It is then that Nishi unleashes his plan to avenge his father's death.

  1. Akira Kurosawa

    Director, Writer

  2. Eijirô Hisaita


  3. Ryûzô Kikushima


  4. Hideo Oguni


  5. Shinobu Hashimoto


Top Billed Cast

  1. Toshirō Mifune

    Toshirō Mifune

    Kôichi Nishi

  2. Masayuki Mori

    Masayuki Mori

    Public Corporation Vice President Iwabuchi

  3. Kamatari Fujiwara

    Kamatari Fujiwara

    Assistant-to-the-Chief Wada

  4. Takeshi Katô

    Takeshi Katô


  5. Kyôko Kagawa

    Kyôko Kagawa

    Yoshiko Nishi

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The Bad Sleep Well
The Bad Sleep Well



Original Title 悪い奴ほどよく眠る

Status Released

Release Information

  • January 22, 1963


Original Language Japanese

Runtime 2h 30m

Budget -

Revenue -



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