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Dreams (1990)

Yume (original title)
PG | | Drama, Fantasy | 24 August 1990 (USA)
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A collection of tales based upon the actual dreams of director Akira Kurosawa.

Directors:

Akira Kurosawa, Ishirô Honda (uncredited)

Writer:

Akira Kurosawa
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Akira Terao Akira Terao ... I
Mitsuko Baishô Mitsuko Baishô ... Mother of 'I'
Toshie Negishi ... Mother carrying child
Mieko Harada ... The Snow Fairy
Mitsunori Isaki Mitsunori Isaki ... 'I' as a boy
Toshihiko Nakano Toshihiko Nakano ... 'I' as a young child
Yoshitaka Zushi Yoshitaka Zushi ... Pvt. Noguchi
Hisashi Igawa ... Nuclear Plant Worker
Chôsuke Ikariya Chôsuke Ikariya ... The crying demon
Chishû Ryû ... Old Man
Martin Scorsese ... Vincent Van Gogh
Masayuki Yui ... Member of climbing team
Tessho Yamashita Tessho Yamashita
Misato Tate Misato Tate
Catherine Cadou
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Storyline

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.

Genres:

Drama | Fantasy

Certificate:

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Trivia

According to Kurosawa, the script was written in "two months, maybe less." 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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Connections

Referenced in Gaja Gamini (2000) See more »

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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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A personal film from Japan's greatest director
26 December 1998 | by PureCinemaSee all my reviews

Dreams is not a movie for everybody. To some, it may be too artsy of a film for their tastes (what are you doing watching movies then?), others may be annoyed by some of the stories not having clear messages, or leaving questions unanswered. Well, that is because Dreams is a film that was born inside of Kurosawa, and lives inside of him, it's a very personal film that not everybody will appreciate.

The movie consists of eight short stories. Most of which center around the issue of people's relationships with other elements that make up this world that we live in.

The cinematography in Dreams is breathtaking, and is the reason why some people claim that it is a film that puts "Style" above "story". I think that nobody can truly completely understand this film but Kurosawa himself. It is a product of his mind, a film that we cannot fully comprehend since we are not him. But since film is a form of art and in its truest form, a reflection of one's own self, Dreams may have just been one of Kurosawa's personal favorites in his long, amazing career.


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Country:

Japan | USA

Language:

Japanese | French | English

Release Date:

24 August 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Akira Kurosawa's Dreams See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,963,207

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,970,161
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Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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