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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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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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$12,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$1,963,207 (USA)
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Kurosawa had trouble getting financing from studios in Japan, blaming much on the political nature of his criticism of nuclear power in the film. He sent a copy of his script to Steven Spielberg, who liked it, and helped get a deal for the film through Warner Bros. See more »

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[first lines]
Mother of 'I': You're staying home. The sun is shining but it's raining.
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References Ran (1985) 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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One of the most stunning film-going moments in my life
29 January 2000 | by (Edinburgh, Scotland) – See all my reviews

I cannot say enough about Akira Kurosawa's Dreams. It is visually stunning and creative. It is sumptuous to watch--it stretches the imagination. For people who delight in remembering their own dreams, it is a treasure. There is also a nice variety in the dreams, drawing on Asian and Western themes as well as historical and contemporary cultural commentary. My favorites involve the peach trees, Van Gogh and the waterwheels.


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