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THE BAD SLEEP WELL

Japan, 1960 (MIFF 1971, Akira Kurosawa Retrospective)

Director: Akira Kurosawa

The daughter of the president of a government housing corporation marries her father's secretary. At the wedding ceremony, corruption is hinted at in the corporation; there is a police inquiry, and the organisation advises two employees to commit suicide to remove suspicion from the senior executives. One suicides, but the other is saved by the secretary, who tries to use him to revenge himself against the organisation for his father's death, for which they were responsible.

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