Dreams

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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, Rovi

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Cast

Martin Scorsese
as Vincent Van Gogh
Mitsuko Baisho
as Mother of `I'
Mieko Harada
as The Snow Fairy
Mitsunori Isaki
as 'I' as a boy
Chishu Ryu
as Old Man
Toshihiko Nakano
as `I' as a Young Child
Mie Suzuki
as `I's' Sister
Yoshitaka Zushi
as Pvt. Noguchi
Toshie Negishi
as Child-carrying Mother
Hisashi Igawa
as Power Station Worker
Chosuke Ikariya
as The Demon
Masayuki Yui
as Member of climbing team #1
Shu Nakajima
as Member of climbing team #2
Sakae Kimura
as Member of climbing team #3
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Critic Reviews for Dreams

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (7)

  • There's greatness in the film's first hour.

    Mar 4, 2013 | Full Review…
  • In the uneven career of Akira Kurosawa, two limiting factors were sentimentality and preachiness, and both come to the fore in this 1990 collection of eight dreams.

    Feb 9, 2007 | Full Review…
  • Only during a final procession does the old Kurosawa magic get a brief look-in, but by then the hackneyed moralising and dramatic languor have ensured that, despite the well-meaning message, it's hard to care.

    Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…

    Geoff Andrew

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • It's something altogether new for Kurosawa, a collection of short, sometimes fragmentary films that are less like dreams than fairy tales of past, present and future. The magical and mysterious are mixed with the practical, funny and polemical.

    May 20, 2003 | Rating: 3.5/5
  • Dreams will knock your eyes out without ignoring the mind and heart.

    May 12, 2001
  • It's dreamy only in one respect: It's a snooze.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Dreams

  • Jul 05, 2010
    Very, very good. A visual delight and wonderfully atmospheric. Delves into light and dark and all between. Not to be forgotten, I feel as though 'Dreams' is very unique and cherish-able.
    Kyle M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 17, 2009
    Such a beautiful movie this is. Truly a feast for the eyes.
    Cita W Super Reviewer
  • Jan 08, 2009
    some beautiful imagery for sure, but for a film that relies so heavily on visuals not the best in kurosawa's catalog.
    chase _ Super Reviewer
  • Jan 08, 2009
    Great film. Outstanding in every way. I just saw it again on Saturday, August 18, 2018. It holds up beautifully. Kurosawa is worth watching just for his visual magic, as is Fellini. However, in this film he tells a number of fascinating short stories, each as compelling as the others. I am a fan, so this is a biased review.
    Morris N Super Reviewer

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