A cautionary message to humanity runs through the eight dreams, which seem to be autobiographical. They start with the imagination of a young child, then war and nuclear catastrophe, the birth of a passion for capturing images as represented by Van Gogh, and finally with the wisdom of an old man who has come to terms with death. In the final dream set in a tranquil village among gently churning water wheels, the old man speaks for Kurosawa as he talks about living a simple life connected to nature while working on an old water wheel. The circle of life? The movie requires patience as scenes unfold slowly. Visual and audio highlights are stunning: the joyous funeral procession, the peach trees unfurling, the walk through Van Gogh’s paintings, the howling agony of the horned demons, the fox wedding. The interviews with film directors influenced by Kurosawa are also worth watching.
Its an unusual film in that its a sequence of short films not related to each other by, say, character or setting: its film as a form of thought on a something Big (like what Tolstoy's Master and Man is in literature). Discerning the Big Idea - discovering it for oneself - is the very pleasure in watching it. (Otherwise, its only the first two in the series that I liked.)
Legendary film director, Akira Kurosawa, released "Dreams" in 1990 as his 28th masterpiece. Visually stunning, the film is a set of eight vignettes depicting the effects of human beings on nature. It is just as relevant today as it was at its release. Recommended by Michele
Moving, magical dream episodes include the forbidden sight of fox spirits' wedding; apocalyptic destruction; and a vibrant, musical dancing procession celebrating life. This is a gorgeous, deep film from a great filmmaker, enriched by the perspective of age.
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