Akira Kurosawa's Dreams

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This late-career anthology by Akira Kurosawa often confirms that Dreams are more interesting to the dreamer than their audience, but the directorial master still delivers opulent visions with a generous dose of heart.

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This imaginative Japanese production presents a series of short films by lauded director Akira Kurosawa. In one chapter, a young boy spies on foxes that are holding a wedding ceremony; the following installment features another youth, who witnesses a magical moment in an orchard. In the segment "Crows," an aspiring artist enters the world of a painting and encounters Vincent van Gogh (Martin Scorsese). Many of the films in this inventive movie are tied together by an environmental theme.

Cast & Crew

Mitsunori Isaki
'I' as a boy
Martin Scorsese
Vincent Van Gogh
Mitsuko Baishô
Mother of 'I'
Mieko Harada
The Snow Fairy
Hisashi Igawa
Nuclear Plant Worker
Toshihiko Nakano
'I' as a young child
Yoshitaka Zushi
Pvt. Noguchi
Toshie Negishi
Mother carrying child
Seikichi Iizumi
Associate Producer
Allen H. Liebert
Associate Producer
Steven Spielberg
Executive Producer
Shinichirô Ikebe
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Critic Reviews for Dreams

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (17) | Rotten (9)

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

    March 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.

    February 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.

    June 24, 2006 | Full Review…

    Geoff Andrew

    Time Out
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  • 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 | Full Review…
  • It is a satisfying summation of a well-spent career.

    March 10, 2003 | Full Review…
  • Dreams will knock your eyes out without ignoring the mind and heart.

    May 12, 2001

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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