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A collection of magical tales based upon the actual dreams of director Akira Kurosawa.
A collection of magical tales based upon the actual dreams of director Akira Kurosawa.
Akira Terao Mitsuko Baisho Toshie Negishi Mieko Harada Mitsunori Isaki Toshihiko Nakano Yoshitaka Zushi Hisashi Igawa Chosuke Ikariya Chishū Ryū Martin Scorsese Masayuki Yui Tetsuo Yamashita Misato Tate Catherine Cadou Mieko Suzuki Ryûjirô Oki Masaaki Sasaki Motohiro Toriki Shû Nakajima Masuo Amada Sakae Kimura Meikyô Yamada Tetsu Watanabe Tetsuya Ito Shôichirô Sakata Hiroshi Miyasaka Toshiya Ito Takashi Itô Show All…
Akira Kurosawa's Dreams, Yume, Akira Kurosawas Dreams, Rêves de Kurosawa, 梦, 夢 - Dreams (1990)
this is, for lack of a better word, so dreamy and majestically beautiful. even with some of the harsher sequences, there’s a real tenderness to creating something that resonates.
In high school, I took a psychology course during which I learned, erroneously or not, that dreams are just random images fired off by your brain. Some meaning is attached to them, but it's largely after the fact. After learning this, I more or less stop being interested in them. Any value they had as insights to my life were basically negated by the fact that dreams were entirely random. Other people's dreams became especially dull to me. "Oh, I had the weirdest dream..." essentially means "Oh, I had a perfectly normal dream." Yeah, I'm kinda a jerk. But I just don't tend to find discussions of actual dreams very interesting. (Fictional dreams, especially prophetic visions and whatnot, are fine,…
Through Akira Kurosawa’s Dreams you notice a profound reflection of the director’s ideals and values he had during his life. This is probably his most experimental work and adding all the hallucinatory sequences, surrealism, post-apocalyptic visions and an exuberant display of nature really helped enhancing the whole experience to a whole other level. While some of the dreams might be more enticing to watch than others, they all have a deep significance attached to them. At the end of the day, this is a fascinating celebration of life and death that will certainly stick with you.
Dreams is a unique concept for a film, consisting entirely of short films inspired by Akira Kurosawa's recurring dreams. It is unlike anything else in his filmography and pure surreal arthouse. The images are beautiful and abstract, the storytelling often formless and wordless but forever hypnotic. All the sections are interesting in their own way, but the dreamy and slow presentation makes for something much more. Whilst Dreams is somewhat like Dodes'ka-den in having multiple stories, it is all structured and separated clearly here.
There is much speculation as to how this jigsaw fits into Kurosawa's personal life. What do these dreams tell us about Kurosawa's mind? Nothing really, or rather no more than our own dreams do. Each dream…
Maybe the best use of color I've ever seen in a film???? To everyone who deceived me into thinking this was lesser Kurosawa, hang your heads in shame.
Based on the dreams of Akira Kurosawa
Sometimes a dream has a story and sometimes thoughts just float around and there is no story. Akira Kurosawa lets us know that sometimes an image itself tells the story and it can branch off into a thousand thoughts.
His eight-vignette work alternates between visions of madness or tranquility, it takes us in waves. The segment that garners the most attention is the one where Martin Scorsese fills in as an actor; indeed there is an emphatic obsessive quality in how he plays Vincent Van Gogh, it's endearing. Yet to watch Dreams again is to realize when Kurosawa is out in the wild, that is where he finds his most exquisite inspiration.
If Ran was Kurosawa's swan song, then Dreams is the epilogue.
I have a newfound appreciation for life, cinema, nature, and art, thanks to the films of Akira Kurosawa. I haven't seen all of them yet, but the ones I saw this past week were all, in their own ways, beautiful, bold, stylish, heartfelt, and above all, filled with humanity. I laughed, I cried, and in the end, I walked away feeling enchanted and spellbound.
Thank you, Kurosawa.
The subconscious mind has always been a subject of personal fascination. Dreams, in particular, are very significant to me because I believe they signify something important either in or beyond our control in life. They are trying to tell us something. It’s our job to figure out what. For this reason, I decided I would finally begin my journey into Akira Kurosawa’s mammoth filmography with one of his later and more profoundly artistic works, Dreams. Told through a series of vignettes based on the real dreams of the director, the film is an anthology of sorts. Dealing mostly in themes such as mankind’s relationship with nature, spirituality and our fellow man, as well as childhood, death and art. There is no way to…
Afterthoughts: Wow! What an extraordinary delight for eye, ear, head and heart.
While Dreams will have less appeal than the majority of Kurosawa’s filmography to those who above all crave narrative, it cannot be denied that this beautiful series of distinct vignettes, inspired by the writer-director’s own nightly visions, is pure cinema; a full-on display of how artful the medium can be.
The makeup, costumes, locations and overall production design is absolutely stunning, and arguably the finest in a Kurosawa film, as too is the magnificent music by Shinichirô Ikebe that penetrates the soul and arouses goosebumps down the arms.
Dreams is a two hour journey through a host of sights and sounds that mystify, stagger, soothe, enchant, excite, horrify…
I’ve also had a wet dream where Martin Scorsese was Vincent Van Gogh, very cool Kurosawa.
I’ve always been fascinated with the depiction of dreams in film. Awhile back I labeled film as the truest form of expression and dreams as the purest form of escapism and the rawest look at the internal psyche. So I think when brought together human expression and desire are perfectly molded into an artistic interpretation of the human condition. Kurosawa’s Dreams takes this idea even further by depicting multiple dreams, not connected by narrative but rather bound together strongly by tone, themes, and atmosphere.
The worlds present in Dreams are often fantastical landscapes perfectly accentuated with exuberant colors, meticulous and precise framing, and a…
Criterion Collection Spine #842
(Foreign language film)
How about a glimpse into the vivid dreamscape of legendary filmmaker Akira Kurosawa ... YES PLEASE!
"I had another Dream."
Dreams is definitely the most unconventional of Kurosawa's movies that I have seen, since it is an anthology film divided into eight parts. Each segment features some stunning visuals which were inspired by the Director's dreams, thoughts on nature/humanity, and Japanese folklore. While the colorful images and traditions were fascinating to watch, at times the lengthy dialogue felt like Kurosawa was lecturing us, which tended to drag down the pacing.
Overall it was cool to see Kurosawa present this short subject style of filmmaking, compared to the sprawling…
Read the story of my life, illuminated by the sun's passion and the moon's despair. Giant waves and small fireflies, equally marked by the dreamer's humanity, drifting in the mind's unreachable expanse.
Akira Kurosawa’s Dreams is his Swan Song & Most Experimental piece.
I found it provocative, enticing, emotionally resonant & wonderfully unique. Where I found Dodes’kaden more of a slog, this had a great movement to it, most likely in due fact to the wide range of uniquely presented dreams. It seems truly representative of Kurosawa’s disgust for war, a true waste of human life, highlighting something we all have experienced in war, fear, love, desire and dread. The distraction of machinery and mans meddling leading to their own destruction, but also that of nature also.
It covers an impressive wide spectrum with some truly memorable pieces and I’d be more than happy to revisit this once more. Even if some of the sequences in my mind end abruptly, kind of like a dream.
damn, a lot to unpack from this film. just need a min to gather my thoughts. hint: this film is a masterpiece.
(will give proper review upon rewatch :)
Kurosawa's final movie is also the outlier of his filmography. It's all surreal, consisting of eight vignettes each based off of his own dreams. Considering the Japanese director is known for his visual splendor, this serves as a unique showcase for his talents. The fox wedding, giant dandelions, and journey through Van Gogh's paintings is quite evocative and unreal. Dreams is smaller scale in terms of not being an "epic," but nonetheless contains heavy themes revolving around childhood wonder, environmental issues, and death.
A few flaws here and there. Scorsese's appearance as Van Gogh is fun (An Italian-American portraying a Dutch painter in a Japanese film??), but he's quite a sore thumb and over-the-top with his performance. Some of the vignettes are awfully preachy (The demon segment), and some monologues become stale (The final segment. However, I was also very tired). Quite a send off, though. Kurosawa never fizzled away or lost his talents over the years. What a guy.
Dreams has the most breathtaking images that cinema anywhere in the world has to offer. If my dreams were this beautiful I would have no trouble falling asleep at night. What this does have in common with my own dreams, is that each segment varies significantly in quality. I feel weird rating this as a whole film without breaking down my ratings for Kurosawa's eight dreams.
Sunshine Through the Rain ★★★★½
The Peach Orchard ★★★★★
The Blizzard ★★★½
The Tunnel ★★★★
Mount Fuji in Red ★★
The Weeping Demon ★★★
Village of the Watermills ★★★★
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Man fuck Ran, this beautiful film is Kurosawa’s late life masterpiece
Hahaha Scorsese as Van Gogh is kinda hilarious, but this is absolutely beautiful
This was a very different film, but still just alright. I had trouble understanding any deeper than the surface level meaning.
My favorite segment is perhaps 'Crows'. Coincidentally, this morning I have just read this in Haruki Murakami's Killing Commendatore: "Like Van Gogh's mailman, who, the longer you looked, seemed to take on a life of his own. Same with the crows that he painted - nothing but rough black lines, but they did seem to be soaring through the sky."
I didn't find every story to be that interesting, but the imagery is absolutely stunning.