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Dreams (1990)

 -  Drama | Fantasy  -  24 August 1990 (USA)
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A collection of tales based upon the actual dreams of director Akira Kurosawa.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Akira Terao ...
I
Mitsuko Baishô ...
Mother of 'I'
Toshie Negishi ...
Mother carrying child
Mieko Harada ...
Mitsunori Isaki ...
Toshihiko Nakano ...
Yoshitaka Zushi ...
Hisashi Igawa ...
Chôsuke Ikariya ...
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Masayuki Yui ...
Member of climbing team
Tessho Yamashita
Misato Tate
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Storyline

This is essentially eight separate short films, though with some overlaps in terms of characters and thematic material - chiefly that of man's relationship with his environment. 'Sunshine Through The Rain': a young boy is told not to go out on the day when both weather conditions occur, because that's when the foxes hold their wedding procession, which could have fatal consequences for those who witness it. 'The Peach Orchard': the same young boy encounters the spirits of the peach trees that have been cut down by heartless humans. 'The Blizzard': a team of mountaineers are saved from a blizzard by spiritual intervention. 'The Tunnel': a man encounters the ghosts of an army platoon, whose deaths he was responsible for. 'Crows': an art student encounters 'Vincent Van Gogh' and enters the world of his paintings. 'Mount Fuji in Red': nuclear meltdown threatens the devastation of Japan. 'The Weeping Demon': a portrait of a post-nuclear world populated by human mutations. 'Village of the ... Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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The past, present, and future. The thoughts and images of one man... for all men. One man's dreams... for every dreamer.

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Drama | Fantasy

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24 August 1990 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$1,963,207 (USA)
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Kurosawa had envisioned the role of Vincent Van Gogh being portrayed by Martin Scorsese when he first wrote it, based on his first meeting with him seven years earlier. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Mother of 'I': You're staying home. The sun is shining but it's raining.
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References Jû jin yuki otoko (1955) See more »

Soundtracks

In the Village
(from "Caucasian Sketches, Suite for Orchestra Op. 10, No. 2")
Music by Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov (as Ippolitov-Ivanov)
Conducted by Vladimir Fedoseyev (as Vladimir Fedoseev)
Performed by Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra
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Beautiful…
28 March 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Truly one of the most beautiful films I have ever seen. I saw this film for the first time in 1993 and it was placed forever in my mind as one of my greatest cinematic experiences. I agree with what another reviewer said about this film, that it is not for everyone. It is very artistic in that the cinematography carries a lot of the story and some may become bored with it. Hollywood has a way of brainwashing a lot of viewers into needing a lot of dialog or action. If that's what you're after, you wont find it here. You have to use your brain for this one. This movie is Japanese and what little dialog there is, is in subtitled for the American viewer. So you may need to do a little reading. This is not simply a movie; it is several short, amazing stories that stem from the mind of Akira Kurosawa (a genius in my book). One is like a beautiful fairytale and another is a nightmarish fable and still another is a terribly haunting ghost story, there are others but all are done very well. This film needs to be seen in the letterbox format as it was intended. The cinematography, as I said earlier, contributes so much that it should be viewed completely. I really don't know what else to say about this movie except that if you have an artistic streak and like to see how movies can become art I would highly recommend Yume (Dreams).


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