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Akira Kurosawa's Dreams (1990)

Cast: Akira Terao, Akira Terao, Martin Scorsese, more...
Director: Akira Kurosawa, Akira Kurosawa
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Studio: Warner Home Video
Genre: Drama, Foreign, Post-Apocalypse, Japan, Ghosts, Fantasy
Running Time: 120 min.
Languages: Japanese
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Japanese
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Synopsis
Following up on his critically acclaimed, blood-splattered epic Ran, master director Akira Kurosawa looks inward with this collection of eight brightly colored dreams. The first section centers on a young boy (Mitsunori Izaki), who witnesses a forest wedding procession of fox spirits in spite of his mother's (Mitsuko Baisho) warning. The second section concerns the same lad who converses with peach-tree spirits after the trees have been cruelly cut down. This is followed by a party of mountain climbers struggling to make it back to base camp in the midst of a terrible blizzard. The fourth dream deals with a man (Akira Terao) -- a Kurosawa stand-in complete with the director's trademark floppy white hat -- who encounters ghosts of Japan's militaristic past in a forlorn tunnel. In the following dream, the same man ventures into a Van Gogh painting called The Crows and meets the artist himself (Martin Scorsese). The sixth and seventh dreams venture into nightmare territory -- one deals with a nuclear meltdown that threatens Japan while the other concerns post-nuclear mutants. In the final dream, Kurosawa meets a 103-year-old man (played by Ozu regular Chishu Ryu) in a utopian rural village. ~ Jonathan Crow, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Interesting to film students by textheavy February 8, 2006 - 9:37 AM PST
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6 out of 8 members found this review helpful
This is a very slow-paced film with no plot connecting the vignettes. Compare it to Fantasia in terms of viewability. It's beautiful to look at and makes some poignant statements about morality, duty, compassion, self-awareness and other personal and societal issues.

It is pretty clearly an experimental film on Kurosawa's part, complete with shaky dolly shots that belie it's budgetary constraints.

It's a great film if you are looking for something slow, pretty, thoughtful and not particulary coherent.

If you are in the mood for something with character development, storyline and conflict, this is not going to do it for you.







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No, actually it's mostly Japanese film.
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