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

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Akira Kurosawa (written by)
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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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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:
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Trivia:
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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Soundtrack:
In the VillageSee more »

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15 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
it's a film worth contemplating..., 31 January 2005
Author: evert17_up from Philippines

More than Just a Dream By Cris Evert Berdin Lato

A series of subconscious peregrinations is not new to the world of cinema. The list is endless when talking about movie plots occurring in dreams. Too often, viewers become so engrossed and thrilled only to find out in the end that “it was all but a dream”. Yet, Akira Kurosawa’s Dreams (Yume) was more of diverting the normal-dream-occurrence-escapade into something worth analyzing and comprehending. It was more of the cinematography rather than the dialog, though there were a number of striking lines worth pondering. Cinematography speaks for the movie itself.

Dreams have woven together the stories of people from different generations. The first two stories Sunshine through the Rain and the Peach Orchard focuses on the little boy (though the 2nd story is not a sequel of the first)—directly telling viewers about childhood. Kurosawa interprets childhood as a period of uncertainty, where one is bound to obedience and is often overcome by innocence and free will.

For those who are not open-minded, Sunshine through the Rain may seem like a showcase of lopsidedness (the mother actually putting more weight on beliefs rather than protecting her own child). The power that culture carries is almost always unstoppable.

The obvious choreography of the foxes was both entertaining and interesting. Entertaining because they look like “out of this world beings” who can’t do anything to straighten their lives. Amazing and interesting because such organization is peculiar for creatures like them.

Peach Orchard on the other hand, tells us about child’s innocence. How hard the boy explained to the imperial spirits that he tried to stop destruction. The story was also about metamorphosis—how a simple and ordinary scenario can turn into something spectacular and extraordinary. Likewise, it tells us about man’s destructive nature and how such abusive act brought so much suffering to the boy. Yes, childhood of uncertainty but this period is also the moment when values are shaped, stain-free, pure and untouched.

For the first two stories, Kurosawa magnificently presented childhood, a stage where thoughts are initially shaped, learnings are taught bit by bit and values are molded.

The next two (The Blizzard and the Tunnel) tackled Kurosawa’s struggle with the self, when an individual seeks his individuality. But such searching happens tumultuously.

When all else fails, one has the tendency to give up and let things be. And just when things get all the worse, you suddenly find the strength to survive.

The Blizzard’s atmosphere was good but I find the scene where the other mountain climbers got up after the storm absurd. Yet I commend the climber who never gave up to his frozen exhaustion.

The most effective story was The Tunnel. Astonishingly, Kurosawa has shown that memories of the past could never be hidden even though it may appear to be forgotten. The Tunnel expresses feelings, memories in retrospect. One cannot be ostentatious—pretending to know nothing or as if nothing happened. “Time cannot ease the pain of old wounds, instead the scars it leaves continues to be seen and serves as a reminder of what has transcribed.”

But I was totally dumbfounded when the dead soldiers obeyed their superior. It was both heartwarming and nerve-breaking.

A major shift happened on the fifth segment Crows. For the previous two movies, the atmosphere has been hazy, cold depicting emotional struggles. With Crows, it was finding one self in solitude, learning from experienced people. Virtually stimulating, Crows invites viewers to get to know Van Gogh’s paintings, as the young Japanese artist likewise “invaded” the world of Van Gogh’s paintings.

As one travels through the sands of time, one also discovers his true self.

As the film moves on, Kurosawa evidently led viewers to a more mature stage. After childhood (Sunshine through the Rain and Peach Orchard), adolescence towards the path of seeking our individuality, to a peaceful self-realization (Crows. Towards the end of the film, Kurosawa introduced man’s role to society. That after finding one’s self, an individual can now relate himself to the society.

Mount Fiji in Red, the Weeping Demon, and the Village of Watermills were all environmentally inclined. It appears succinct that environment is important; yet if one takes more plodding work, one realizes that merely saying how important environment is is truly different from experiencing that importance. As a metascience fiction of visualization of the end of the world, it awakens feelings of guilt and fear.

“Flowers are crippled,” is a very striking statement in The Weeping Demon. It tells viewers how environmental pollution can destroy everything. Among the eight films, I found the title of this segment ironical but appropriate. I’ve never heard of a demon weeping since all I can reckon is a laughing and chuckling one.

Village of the Watermills significantly features a Utopian place, a place where man blends harmoniously with the environment.

Actors of Dreams portrayed roles well although for some segment I found certain dialogues inappropriate and some actors needed more practice. But as a whole Dreams was a movie which invites viewers to dig deeper, to fathom the real meaning of each dream, understanding them both with the mind and the heart. Dreams, a movie which allows viewers to think and analyze more. In the end, all the efforts were rewarded.

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