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Akira Kurosawa's Dreams (1990) Poster

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The eight segments of the film were originally joined by three more that ended up being cut due to time restraints; one involved people flying through the air, another involved Buddhist priests protesting temple taxes, and the third focused on newscasters talking about a breakout of world peace.
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.
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.
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Was originally titled "Such Dreams I have Dreamed."
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"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.
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The house in the "Sunshine Through the Rain" sequence is a reproduction of Kurosawa's childhood home in Koshikawa, complete with a nameplate that reads KUROSAWA.
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According to Kurosawa, the script was written in "two months, maybe less."
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Opening film of the 1990 Cannes Film Festival.
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A clip from this film can be seen in Richard Linklater's film Waking Life (2001).
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Akira Kurosawa: [weather] The types of weather in each segment set the mood or have a symbolic meaning, be it the rain/rainbow in "Sunshine Through the Rain" and its traditional folklore-based meaning, the snowy tempest in "The Blizzard" representing difficult times in life when one needs to persevere to achieve his goal, the gusts of wind in "Mount Fuji in Red" setting the tone of chaos and turbulence of the segment, and finally the contrast between the heavy clouds of "The Weeping Demon" and the serene sunny weather in "Village of the Watermills".
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