Akira Kurosawa's Dreams [Criterion Collection] [2 Discs] [DVD] [1990]

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Overview

Special Features

  • Kurosawa's Way (2011), a fifty-minute documentary by Kurosawa's longtime translator Catherine Cadou, featuring interviews with filmmakers Bernardo Bertolucci, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Martin Scorsese, Hayao Miyazaki, and others
  • Making of "Dreams" (1990), a 150-minute documentary shot on set and directed by Nobuhiko Obayashi
  • New audio commentary featuring film scholar Stephen Prince
  • New interview with assistant director Takashi Koizumi
  • New interview with production manager Teruyo Nogami
  • Trailer

Synopsis

Akira Kurosawa's Dreams
Following up on his critically acclaimed, blood-splattered epic Ran, master director Akira Kurosawa looks inward with this collection of eight brightly colored dreams. The first section centers on a young boy (Mitsunori Izaki), who witnesses a forest wedding procession of fox spirits in spite of his mother's (Mitsuko Baisho) warning. The second section concerns the same lad who converses with peach-tree spirits after the trees have been cruelly cut down. This is followed by a party of mountain climbers struggling to make it back to base camp in the midst of a terrible blizzard. The fourth dream deals with a man (Akira Terao) -- a Kurosawa stand-in complete with the director's trademark floppy white hat -- who encounters ghosts of Japan's militaristic past in a forlorn tunnel. In the following dream, the same man ventures into a Van Gogh painting called The Crows and meets the artist himself (Martin Scorsese). The sixth and seventh dreams venture into nightmare territory -- one deals with a nuclear meltdown that threatens Japan while the other concerns post-nuclear mutants. In the final dream, Kurosawa meets a 103-year-old man (played by Ozu regular Chishu Ryu) in a utopian rural village. ~ Jonathan Crow, Rovi

Cast & Crew

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    Akira Terao - "I"
  • Martin Scorsese
    Martin Scorsese - Vincent Van Gogh [Crows]
  • Mitsunori Isaki
    Mitsunori Isaki - "I" as a Boy [The Peach Orchard]
  • Chishu Ryu
    Chishu Ryu - 103-year-old Man [Village Of The Watermills]
  • Mieko Harada
    Mieko Harada - The Snow Fairy [The Blizzard]
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