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Ten Nights of Dreams (Yume jû-ya) (2006)




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Eleven Japanese filmmakers (including one duo) from all genres and backgrounds gather together under the Nikkatsu banner in order to realize the marvelous stories of novelist Soseki Natsume in this adaptation of the author's enduring episodic tome Ten Nights of Dreams. Each imaginative story takes on a different one of Natsume's surreal dreams, and with such filmmakers as Kon Ichikawa, Takashi Shimizu, Yudai Yamaguchi, and Suzuki Matsuo involved, audiences can rest assured that each one of these tales is told in a distinct and entirely unique style. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Critic Reviews for Ten Nights of Dreams (Yume jû-ya)

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (3)

There's something in these Ten Nights for the dreamer in all of us.

Full Review… | September 19, 2008
Seattle Times
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The filmmakers don't solve any riddles but rather pose them in richly varied ways: Ten Nights of Dreams is in the grand, exquisite tradition of the Japanese cinema of the supernatural.

Full Review… | August 22, 2008
Los Angeles Times
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A sometimes terrifying, sometimes wildly amusing and occasionally flat interpretation of Soseki's tales by a who's who of Japanese filmmakers.

Full Review… | August 21, 2008
L.A. Weekly
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Followers of the new Japanese cinema will enjoy getting an early look at new styles by emerging talents, but these are essentially student films that are not likely to be embraced by the casual moviegoer.

Full Review… | September 18, 2008
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Looking for clear meaning and structured plots? Find another movie. If you're a fan of Asian-style cinematic wackiness, dig in.

Full Review… | September 5, 2008

Audience Reviews for Ten Nights of Dreams (Yume jû-ya)


Beautiful, surreal, imaginative and funny Japanese omnibus based on novelist Soseki Natsume's book on dreams. 10 different directors (including Takeshi Shimizu!) interpret a dream with great success. They decided to make the film because the novel states that the riddle in the dreams will be solved 100 years in the future and the novel, in 2006 when the film was made, was celebrating it's 100th anniversary. Each segment is extremely creative, seemingly utilizing everything the medium of film has to offer. The dream imagery and logic in each segment is fascinating and highly entertaining. Highly recommended.

Christopher  Brown
Christopher Brown

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Omnibus films and movies about dreams are both areas that can be problematic. But the two ideas work quite well together. There honestly isn't a bad segment here. The ones by Jissoji and Nishikawa are a little bland, but only in comparison to the others. The dreams run the gamut from strange to funny to gross to scary to tender. The concept allows all the directors to flex their stylistic muscles, and the results are wildly imaginative and often quite beautiful. This was a really nice surprise.

Martin Teller
Martin Teller

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