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Shakespeare in Performance: Film

The Bad Sleep Well (1963, Akira Kurosawa)

TitleThe Bad Sleep Well
Release LocationsJapan
DirectorAkira Kurosawa
MediumBlack & white video
Length2 hrs, 15 mins
Play ConnectionsHamlet (derivative)


Another updated Hamlet story in which the setting becomes corporate life in modern day Japan. The director is of course also the maker of the important Shakespeare films, Throne of Blood (307) and Ran (274). (The credits here are taken from Parker's Folger filmography, which is especially valuable for spinoffs and derivatives from the Shakespeare canon.)

Description from Shakespeare on Screen : an International Filmography and Videography by Kenneth S. Rothwell and Annabelle Henkin Melzer. ©1990 Kenneth S. Rothwell. Cited by permission. — Added 2008-11-14

Cast Overview

CastTokashi Kato
CastToshiro Mifune
CastMosayuki Mori
CastTokashi Shimura

Production Team and Crew Overview

DirectorAkira Kurosawa
ProducerTomiyuku Tanaka
ComposerMasaru Sato
LightingYuzura Aizawa
ProductionYoshiro Muraki

Production information courtesy of: Kenneth Rothwell