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Dreams (1990)

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


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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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24 August 1990 (USA)  »

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$12,000,000 (estimated)


$1,963,207 (USA)

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Opening film of the 1990 Cannes Film Festival. See more »


[first lines]
Mother of 'I': You're staying home. The sun is shining but it's raining.
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References Kwaidan (1964) See more »


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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Beautifully made and achieved
27 July 2005 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I was pleasantly surprised with dreams, not only in terms of content but also aesthetically. There are very few films that manage to embody personal, local and global concerns as Akira Kurosava has managed in this production. There are so many underlying topics that it is difficult to concentrate in just a few for the purpose of this review, but I believe it is fair to say that Dreams portrays our individual and collective dreams and nightmares, reflecting that sometimes what we dream of today is what will keep us awake tomorrow. A nice range of representations of concerns from the deepest and most personal childhood worries and fantasies to the more complex issues of mental illness, extreme ambition, destruction of our environment and death. In all I recommend this film to anyone who has the chance to see it, It is possible that Dreams may not appeal to a mainstream audience in terms of content because there is a lot of symbolism and critical engagement but the photography and sceneries are for sure something that should not go amiss for anyone. If you get the chance it is truly worth giving it your time, a fantastic experience.

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