Akira Kurosawa's Dreams
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"Dreams" is maybe the most personal, most "Japanese" of Kurosawa's films, and along with that it is perhaps the most difficult one for Western audiences to appreciate. This is saying nothing against Western audiences, but many of the themes and myths on display may not be familiar, and the imagery and metaphors may be lost without the appropriate background. I definitely appreciated it more after living in Japan, and becoming familiar with the countries folklore and literary story-telling style. Hina Dolls, the Yuki Onna, the mountain villiges like islands of tradition amongst concrete modern Japan...
"Dreams" is beautiful, on a purely visual level. The cinematography is exquisite and the colors and light are displayed with the eye of a painter. It is appropriate that Van Gogh plays a role in one of the many dreams. Like Van Gogh, the stories in "Dreams" are expressionistic and vivid, yet with the subdued emotions that is the hallmark of Japanese literature. This is not the wild, raw statement of a younger Kurosawa.
Story-wise, the dreams play with the themes of death and loss, both human and of nature. The displacement of Japanese forests, the lack of safety standards at nuclear power plants, the loss of traditional Japan, the pointless loss of lives in war...melancholy themes at best. Yet at the end, hope is offered, in a small nook and cranny, like a flower blooming amongst concrete.
The DVD itself is a small disappointment, and I would rather have this belong to the Criterion Collection, but better to have it than not have it.
The Dreams shows us how destructive humans are towards the nature and ourselves. Kurosawa criticizes the past, the presence and the future.
Kurosawa (not the real kurosawa) plays in every Dream, from when he was a child in Sunshine through the Rain to when he is old and visits the Village of the Watermills.
All in all This is the best film ever and my personal favorite Kurosawa film. Its Beauty is so splendid and I loved every single Dream. I encourage everyone in the world to watch this film. The Masters Masterpiece
What I treasure, as a Kurosawa fan for life, is the very personal glimpses the film allows into the older Kurosawa. It gives me terrible shudders to hear Van Gogh (an okay performance by Scorsese) say, "I don't have much time left to paint." But it is comforting to reach the film's end and listen with Akira Terao at the centenarian's suggestion of "happy funerals", if only to know that the sensei does not reject this life he so scrutinized with a critical eye in his art -- that he is at peace.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
visually stunning. Each vignette hits you like a ton of bricks. My favorite was the one about the soldier crossing the tunnel.Published 3 days ago by stitch fan
Beautiful film. I especially enjoyed the first two dreams and the amazing Van Gogh sequence dream. not my first viewing- a feast for eyes and soul...Published 14 days ago by areviewer
Amazing movie....can you imagine walking through some of the most famous paintings in the world? So beautiful you'll want to watch it again and again and then tell your friends and... Read morePublished 1 month ago by mandyleah3
A must see. One of my personal favorites from a directors director. So different, so visual, clear and righteous. A really. Great filmPublished 1 month ago by Richard Littlejohn III
It is a beautiful and thought-provoking film unlike any other and not like his other movies. It was mysterious, sweet, sad, shocking, inspiring, scary, fascinating, and funny. Read morePublished 2 months ago by S. Osis
In 1990, Akira Kurosawa made an art movie of 8 of his dreams in color. It won awards, including the Oscar. Read morePublished 3 months ago by TD
Amazing sometimes beautiful, sometimes frightening stream of dreams vividly portrayed on screen.Published 4 months ago by JerryF65
Very different to what I'm used to which was refreshing. I liked it was multiple different stories that had their own moral lessons.Published 4 months ago by Lauren Gisewhite
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