Akira Kurosawa's Dreams

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Overview

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...
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Overview

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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/14/2011
  • UPC: 883316379158
  • Original Release: 1990
  • Source: Warner Archives
  • Region Code: 0
  • Time: 2:00:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 15,042

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Akira Terao "I"
Martin Scorsese Vincent Van Gogh [Crows]
Mitsunori Isaki "I" as a Boy [The Peach Orchard]
Chishu Ryu 103-year-old Man [Village Of The Watermills]
Mieko Harada The Snow Fairy [The Blizzard]
Mitsuko Baisho Mother of "I" [Sunshine Through The Rain]
Yoshitaka Zushi Pvt. Noguchi [The Tunnel]
Chosuke Ikariya The Demon [The Weeping Demon]
Hisashi Igawa Power Station Worker [Mt. Fuji In Red]
Toshihiko Nakano "I" as a Young Child [Sunshine Through The Rain]
Shizuka Isami [Village Of The Watermills]
Toshiya Ito [Village Of The Watermills]
Reiko Nanao [Village Of The Watermills]
Toshie Negishi Child-carrying Mother [Mt. Fuji In Red]
Takashi Odajima [Village Of The Watermills]
Sachio Sakai [Village Of The Watermills]
Shoichiro Sakata [Village Of The Watermills]
Yuji Sawayama [Village Of The Watermills]
Naoto Shigemizu [Village Of The Watermills]
Haruko Togo [Village Of The Watermills]
Fujio Tokita [Village Of The Watermills]
Tetsu Watanabe [Village Of The Watermills]
Akisato Yamada [Village Of The Watermills]
Osamu Yayama [Village Of The Watermills]
Masayuki Yui Member of climbing team [The Blizzard]
Mie Suzuki "I's" Sister [The Peach Orchard]
Technical Credits
Akira Kurosawa Director, Screenwriter
Tameyuki Aimi Makeup
Koichi Hamamura Set Decoration/Design
Michiyo Hata Choreography
Seikichi Iizumi Associate Producer
Shinichiro Ikebe Score Composer
Industrial Light & Magic Special Effects
Mike Y. Inoue Co-producer
Hisao Kurosawa Co-producer
Tome Minami Editor
Shinobu Muraki Production Designer
Yoshiro Muraki Art Director
Takao Saito Cinematographer
Akira Sakuragi Art Director
Norio Sano Makeup
Masaharu Ueda Cinematographer
Shoshichiro Ueda Makeup
Emi Wada Costumes/Costume Designer
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Eternal

    I first watched Dreams when I was about 14 years old and I remember I was delighted - not only by what I saw in pictures, but also by the whole mood that took me. One of the most beautiful movies I`ve ever seen, compared to other great filmdirectors - it is maybe the most beautiful, in it`s most precious way. The last scene at the river explains life just as it is. Who saw it, knows what I`m talking about.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Artistic Dreams, Political Nightmares

    This is probably the hardest film that I could ever try to review. Visually stunning, many of Kurosawa's artistic dreams and political nightmares come to life. At times, it lacks subtlety and Kurosawa resorts to preaching from his soapbox, but at least he does so in one instance tongue-in-cheek. In any case, it is not his finest film, but definitely the most intriguing. The music and images will stick with me even if I'm not sure what the sum total of Kurosawa's Dreams (and dreams) amounts to.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    BEAUTIFUL

    The great master director presents us with 8 mysterious, mesmerizing dreams. The film put me in a trance-like state of wonder. Breathtaking images.

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    Posted July 24, 2010

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