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Dreams -- A collection of tales based upon the actual dreams of director Akira Kurosawa.

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Writer:
Akira Kurosawa (written by)
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Release Date:
24 August 1990 (USA) See more »
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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.
Plot:
A collection of tales based upon the actual dreams of director Akira Kurosawa. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 9 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Akira Terao ... I
Mitsuko Baishô ... Mother of 'I'
Toshie Negishi ... Mother carrying child
Mieko Harada ... The Snow Fairy
Mitsunori Isaki ... 'I' as a boy
Toshihiko Nakano ... 'I' as a young child
Yoshitaka Zushi ... Pvt. Noguchi
Hisashi Igawa ... Nuclear Plant Worker
Chôsuke Ikariya ... The crying demon

Chishû Ryû ... Old Man

Martin Scorsese ... Vincent Van Gogh
Masayuki Yui ... Member of climbing team
Tessho Yamashita
Misato Tate

Catherine Cadou
Mieko Suzuki ... 'I's sister
Mugita Endo
Ryûjirô Oki
Masaru Sakurai
Masaaki Sasaki
Keiki Takenouchi
Motohiro Toriki (as Kento Toriki)
Shû Nakajima ... Member of climbing team
Tokuju Masuda
Masuo Amada
Sakae Kimura ... Member of climbing team
Shogo Tomomori
Ryo Nagasawa
Akisato Yamada
Tetsu Watanabe
Ken Takemura
Tetsuya Itô
Shôichirô Sakata
Naoto Shigemizu
Hiroshi Miyasaka
Yasuhiro Kajimoto
Makoto Hasegawa
Nagamitsu Satake
Satoshi Hara
Yasushige Turuoka
Shigeru Edaki
Hideharu Takeda
Katsumi Naito
Masaaki Enomoto
Norio Takei
Eiji Iida
Koji Kanda
Hideto Aota
Kazue Nakanishi
Rika Miyasawa
Mika Edaki
Mayumi Kamimura
Sayuri Yoshioka
Teruko Nakayama
Sachiko Nakayama
Toshiya Ito
Takashi Ito
Motoyuki Higashimura
Yasuhito Yamanaka
Haruka Sugata
Noriko Hayami
Ayaka Takahashi
Yûko Ishiwa
Sachiko Oguri
Masayo Mochida
Miki Kado
Mika Ikeya
Sakiko Yamamoto
Mayumi Ono
Yumiko Miyata
Aya Ikaida
Megumi Hata
Asako Hirano
Chika Nishio
Yuko Harada
Tomomi Yoshizawa
Kumiko Ishizuka
Masumi Yoda
Hatsue Nishi
Michiko Kawada
Machiko Ichihashi
Yumi Ezaki
Chika Yamabe
Mayuko Akashi
Fujio Tohita
Michio Hino
Michio Kida
Noriko Honma
Haruko Tôgô
Reiko Nanao
Shin Tonomura
Junpei Natsuki
Shigeo Katô
Saburô Kadowaki
Goichi Nagatani
Shizuko Azuma
Yoshie Kihira
Yukie Shimura
Setsuko Kawaguchi
Kumeko Otowa
Machiko Terada
Umiko Takahashi
Harumi Fujii
Hiroko Okuno
Mon Ota
Akitoku Inaba
Kou Ishikawa
Tatsunori Tokuhashi
Yoshiko Maki
Hiroko Maki
Ryoko Kawai
Miyako Kawana
Miyuki Egawa
Megumi Sakai
Yôko Hayashi
Yuko Matsumura
Takashi Odashima
Mitsuru Shibuya
Kôichi Imamura
Wasuke Izumi
Sachio Sakai
Torauemon Utazawa
Yukimasa Natori
Tadashi Okumura
Kenzo Shirahama
Masato Goto
Sumimaro Yochimi
Jun'ichi Kubozono
Masami Ozeki
Yasuyuki Iwanaga
Akira Tashiro
Koichi Kase
Kenji Fujita
Hiroto Tamura
Osamu Yayama
Yûji Sawayama
Mitsuji Tsuwako
Masatoshi Miya
Maiko Okamoto
Nana Yamakawa
Yuka Kojima
Shizuka Isami
Mai Watanabe
Sayuri Kobayashi
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ayako Honua

Directed by
Akira Kurosawa 
Ishirô Honda (segments "Tunnel, The" and "Mount Fuji in Red", prologue and epilogue of "Weeping Demon, The") (uncredited)
 
Writing credits
Akira Kurosawa (written by)

Produced by
Seikichi Iizumi .... associate producer
Mike Y. Inoue .... producer
Hisao Kurosawa .... producer
Allan H. Liebert .... associate producer
Steven Spielberg .... executive producer: international version
 
Original Music by
Shinichirô Ikebe 
 
Cinematography by
Takao Saitô 
Shôji Ueda 
 
Film Editing by
Tome Minami 
 
Production Design by
Yoshirô Muraki 
Akira Sakuragi 
 
Art Direction by
Yoshirô Muraki 
Akira Sakuragi 
 
Set Decoration by
Kôichi Hamamura 
 
Costume Design by
Emi Wada 
 
Makeup Department
Tameyuki Aimi .... makeup artist
Yumiko Fujii .... hair stylist
Yamada Katsura .... hair stylist
Yamada Katsura .... wigs
Sakai Nakao .... hair stylist
Norio Sano .... makeup artist
Shoshichiro Ueda .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Masahiko Kumada .... unit manager
Kunio Niwa .... unit manager
Teruyo Nogami .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Vittorio Dalle Ore .... assistant director
Kiyoharu Hayano .... assistant director
Ishirô Honda .... assistant director
Takashi Koizumi .... chief assistant director
Naohito Sakai .... assistant director
Tsuyoshi Sugino .... assistant director
Toru Tanaka .... assistant director
Okihiro Yoneda .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Kyôko Heya .... art assistant
Nami Ishida .... props
Yoshiaki Kawai .... props
Noriyuki Kondo .... art assistant
Satoshi Ota .... props
Yasuyoshi Ototake .... art assistant
Yuzuru Sakai .... props
Kazuharu Tsuboi .... set constructor
Ichiro Utsuki .... set constructor
 
Sound Department
Kenichi Benitani .... sound
Soichi Inoue .... sound assistant
Noriaki Minami .... sound assistant
Ichirô Minawa .... sound effects editor
Masatoshi Saito .... sound effects editor
Masahito Yano .... sound assistant
 
Special Effects by
Mark Sullivan .... special effects supervisor
Peter Takeuchi .... special effects producer
Michael Meier .... pyrotechnician (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Barbara Affonso .... model supervisor
Jon Alexander .... optical camera operator: ILM
Jil-Sheree Bergin .... visual effects coordinator: ILM
Barbara Brennan .... rotoscope artist: ILM
Charlie Canfield .... matte camera operator: ILM
Jo Carson .... matte camera operator: ILM
Wade Childress .... matte camera operator: ILM
Terry Chostner .... visual effects camera operator
Susan Adele Colletta .... post-production coordinator: ILM
Michael Cooper .... optical line-up
Jonathan Crowe .... matte assistant: ILM
Jeff Doran .... optical camera operator: ILM
Selwyn Eddy .... visual effects camera operator (as Selwyn Eddy III)
John Gazdik .... visual effects camera operator: ILM
Brian Gernand .... model maker: ILM
Michael Gleason .... visual effects editor: ILM
Reuben Goldberg .... pyro technician: ILM
Caroleen Green .... matte painter: ILM
Mutsuhiro Harada .... photo composite processing
Robert Hill .... visual effects camera operator: ILM
Takabuni Hirata .... optical camera operator: Den Film Special Effects Unit
Peg Hunter .... visual effects optical lineup: ILM
Paul Huston .... matte camera operator: ILM
Mikio Inoue .... photo composite processing
Brad Jerrell .... head electrician: ILM
Randy Jonsson .... visual effects camera operator: ILM (as Randy Johnson)
David Karpman .... visual effects optical lineup: ILM
Takashi Kawabata .... optical photographer: Den-Film Special Effects Unit
Takashi Kobayashi .... optical photographer: Den-Film Special Effects Unit
Marghi McMahon .... model maker: ILM
Taksuhiro Miyaguchi .... matte painter: Den Film Special Effects Unit
Michihisa Miyashige .... visual effects: Den Film Special Effects Unit
Craig Mohagen .... cloud tank: ILM
Tim Morgan .... electrician: ILM
Nancy Morita .... assistant matte camera operator: ILM
Claudia Mullaly .... visual effects art director: ILM
Dave Murphy .... electrician: ILM
Minoru Nakano .... visual effects: Den-Film Special Effects Unit
Makato Negishi .... optical camera operator: Den-Film Special Effects Unit
Lori J. Nelson .... visual effects optical lineup: ILM
Randy Ottenberg .... model maker: ILM
Ken Ralston .... visual effects supervisor
Chuck Ray .... chief pyro technician: ILM (as Charles Ray)
Thomas Rosseter .... visual effects optical lineup: ILM
Wesley Seeds .... model maker: ILM
Eben Stromquist .... model maker: ILM
Mark Sullivan .... visual effects supervisor
Akio Suzuki .... photo composite processing
Yoshiya Takahashi .... photo composite processing
Peter Takeuchi .... visual effects producer
Yusef Useugi .... matte painter: ILM
Bruce Vecchitto .... optical supervisor
Jeffrey Bassetti .... vfx intern (uncredited)
Joanne Bloomfield .... model builder (uncredited)
Richard Brooks Burton .... high speed camera technician (uncredited)
Greg Maloney .... optical lineup: ILM (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Yukio Choya .... lighting technician
Hisanori Furukawa .... lighting technician
Daizaburo Harada .... still photographer
Hiroshi Hattori .... assistant camera
Yuichi Horita .... grip
Hidehiro Igarashi .... assistant camera
Miyanobu Inori .... lighting technician
Hideko Ioka .... lighting technician
Hiroshi Ishida .... assistant camera
Tadatoshi Kitagawa .... lighting technician
Hiroyuki Kitazawa .... assistant camera
Mitsu Kondo .... assistant camera
Kenzo Masuda .... lighting rigger
Kosuke Matsushima .... assistant camera
Isanu Miwano .... grip
Makoto Sano .... lighting technician
Tetsuo Sawada .... lighting technician
Yoshinori Sekiguchi .... assistant camera
Sadanu Takahara .... grip
Yukio Tanaka .... lighting rigger
Satoshi Tsuyuki .... grip
Kazushi Watanabe .... assistant camera
Toshio Watanabe .... assistant camera
Isao Yasui .... lighting technician
Hiromasa Yonahara .... lighting technician
Takeji Sano .... gaffer (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Yusunori Suzuki .... casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Akira Fukuda .... wardrobe
Kazuko Kurosawa .... wardrobe
Yoko Nagano .... wardrobe
Mitsuru Otsuka .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Hideto Aga .... assistant editor
Noriko Meharu .... negative cutter
Tome Minami .... negative cutter
Yôsuke Yafune .... assistant editor
Ryûsuke Ôtsubo .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Ikudo Endo .... musician: piano
 
Transportation Department
Toru Ikegaki .... transportation
Masahara Komatsuki .... transportation
Yasuhisa Serizawa .... transportation
Takashi Takei .... transportation
Kimihiko Tsurugaya .... transportation
Keisuke Utsumi .... transportation
 
Other crew
Kazutami Hara .... photography collaborator
Michiyo Hata .... choreographer
Yasuhiko Higashi .... production publicity
Ishirô Honda .... creative consultant
Shushin Hosoya .... production assistant
Hiroko Idetsu .... production accountant
Tadao Kanzeki .... mountain climbing advisor
Tetsuji Maezawa .... coordinator: HDTV
Shuji Matsumoto .... production accountant
Tokiko Mochizuki .... dance instructor
Tonio Onata .... ebr processing
Magosaka Osada .... location supervisor
Shizuo Osada .... location supervisor
Donald Richie .... subtitler
Satoshi Shimozawa .... production assistant
Tadashi Shishido .... subtitler
Izuhiko Suehiro .... production coordinator
Takaya Takizawa .... ebr processing
Kazutoshi Wadakura .... production assistant
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Akira Kurosawa's Dreams" - USA (alternative title)
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Runtime:
119 min
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Color:
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
"Dreams" was the first film Kurosawa had written by himself without a collaborator since "Those Who Tread on the Tiger's Tail" forty five 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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Soundtrack:
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20 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
An art film for thoughtful meditation, 10 May 2004
Author: raymond-15 from Australia

Most people dream but I wonder how many are rewarded with such beauty when their eyelids close and they drift into semi-consciousness. Kurosawa has collected some of his dreams and shares them with us. I don't ever remember seeing such vivid colours in my own dreams, but like Kurosawa's they are often fragmented and incomplete with a mystical quality involving spirits and the dead.

I like the peach tree scene where true repentance makes things right. Not only the peach blossom but also the kimono of the characters tiered up the hillside are most pleasing to the eye. As also is the meeting with van Gogh when his paintings with mad whirls of colour are brought to life and form part of the landscape.

Some dreams can be very frustrating when we are caught in a dangerous situation from which there is no ready means of escape. This is dramatically illustrated in the Mt. Fuji episode in which nuclear plants explode and a fog of coloured radio-active gases envelopes the characters. There is a strong message here about saving the environment. This message is also accented in the ogre scene and the peach tree scene and the water mill scene.

Some viewers might find the going slow at times. For example, the mountain climbers struggling in knee-deep snow seem to move at the rate of a few steps each minute and being encouraged by their leader to keep going as they strive to reach their camp. A mystical event occurs and in the morning when the heavy fog clears, a surprise awaits them. This feeling of striving and getting nowhere is common in dreams, at least in mine.

There is also mysticism involved in the tunnel scene where an ex-soldier meets the remainder of his platoon all of whom were killed in battle. The sound of their marching feet echoing through the empty tunnel is quite chilling.

Apart from a few dramatic moments the film is somewhat subdued. It is an art film beautifully conceived and should be reserved for one of those quiet moments when we are in a meditative mood.

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