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.
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Wandered over to bluray.com, to see IF. . . (well, you know). AND IT IS ! No release date as yet, but apparently Criterion is working on it. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Jrum C.
This is one of the most remarcable film. The Mona Lisa in film history of the civilization.Published 1 month ago by mojca
This movie is such a departure from Kurosawa's previous movies that most critics gave it a bad review. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Dave Pandolfo
I simply love akira kurosawa! I have watched almost all of his movies and this one still has the punchesPublished 3 months ago by Delores
Beautiful vignettes, some prescient and cautionary, that paint the soul of the artist upon the canvas of the viewer's imagination. Read morePublished 3 months ago by groovinstein
My favourite in this collection is " The Village of Water Mills" close to the end of the DVD. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Unfortunate conclusion to an otherwise stellar career. It reflects the mentality of the time, fraught with concern about a nuclear holocaust and the insanity of war. Read morePublished 4 months ago by John Read
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