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Akira Kurosawa's Dreams Details


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

  • Release date:May 11, 1990


Akira Terao
as "I"
Martin Scorsese
as Vincent Van Gogh [Crows]
Mitsunori Isaki
as "I" as a Boy [The Peach Orchard]
Chishu Ryu
as 103-year-old Man [Village Of The Watermills]
Mieko Harada
as The Snow Fairy [The Blizzard]
Mitsuko Baisho
as Mother of "I" [Sunshine Through The Rain]
Yoshitaka Zushi
as Pvt. Noguchi [The Tunnel]
Chosuke Ikariya
as The Demon [The Weeping Demon]
Hisashi Igawa
as Power Station Worker [Mt. Fuji In Red]
Toshihiko Nakano
as "I" as a Young Child [Sunshine Through The Rain]
Toshiya Ito
as [Village Of The Watermills]
Yuji Sawayama
as [Village Of The Watermills]
Reiko Nanao
as [Village Of The Watermills]
Haruko Togo
as [Village Of The Watermills]
Naoto Shigemizu
as [Village Of The Watermills]
Masayuki Yui
as Member of climbing team [The Blizzard]
Tetsu Watanabe
as [Village Of The Watermills]
Akisato Yamada
as [Village Of The Watermills]
Osamu Yayama
as [Village Of The Watermills]
Fujio Tokita
as [Village Of The Watermills]
Toshie Negishi
as Child-carrying Mother [Mt. Fuji In Red]
Takashi Odajima
as [Village Of The Watermills]
Sachio Sakai
as [Village Of The Watermills]
Mie Suzuki
as "I's" Sister [The Peach Orchard]
Shoichiro Sakata
as [Village Of The Watermills]
Shizuka Isami
as [Village Of The Watermills]


Akira Kurosawa
Akira Kurosawa
Masaharu Ueda
Takao Saito
Tome Minami
Shinobu Muraki
Production Designer
Yoshiro Muraki
Art Director
Akira Sakuragi
Art Director
Hisao Kurosawa
Mike Y. Inoue
Seikichi Iizumi
Associate Producer
Koichi Hamamura
Set Designer
Emi Wada
Costume Designer
Michiyo Hata
Shoshichiro Ueda
Tameyuki Aimi
Norio Sano