So hi, it’s been awhile. Sorry about that thing I said.
Anyways, I’m back with a review for Akira Kurosawa’s 1960 film The Bad Sleep Well. I’m on a bit of a noir kick lately and I thought I’d sit down and watch one of Kurosawa’s crime movies I hadn’t seen and oh boy.
That thing kicked me ass.
I don’t know if I have ever seen Kurosawa make a film as bleak as this. Basically he’s riffing on Hamlet here and somehow made it even more fucked up. One of my all time favorites, Toshiro Mifune plays Kôichi Nishi, a bastard child trying to avenge his father coerced suicide by his own corporation. The film is still strangely appropriate today as corporate greed still runs rampant. Back door dealing, hit-men, volcano suicide, and injecting PURE GRAIN ALCOHOL INTO SOMEONE are some of the many things that these guys partake in.
What makes this film so special is the simple fact that Nishi didn’t even like his father. He was the same kind of suit that he is trying to kill now. He’s just pissed off that the people who did it can sleep well at night. He’ll go as far as to marry the villain’s daughter just for a chance to fuck with him. He’s the kind of guy, I enjoy watching.
I will just say this, Kurosawa is at the top of his game here. The pan focus he loves so much is present in nearly every scene. The last 45 minutes of the film are so tense, you’ll pop a blood vessel.
I wonder how long the bakery spent making that cake