Re: RARA-AVIS: Kurosawa/McBain

From: Jim Beaver (
Date: 18 Nov 2000

> David Thomson (Biographical Dictionary of Film) notes that Kurosawa did a
> adaptation before High and Low (1963). "Kurosawa's eminence led in the
> 1950s to his forming his own production company. 'The Bad Sleep Well,'
> first independent venure, was based on Ed McBain and it was enjoyable for
> way Warner Brothers of the 1940s was turned into Tokyo 1960. But the
> was weird and unsettling."
> Anyone familiar with this title?

I know the film, but this is the first I've heard of it being based on a McBain. Most references suggest a connection to "Hamlet," which I don't think McBain wrote. There's nothing in the credits reflecting a McBain connection. The story is about corruption at the highest levels of business, and a son's revenge for the murder of his father years before by corporate forces.

Jim Beaver

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