Akira Kurosawa’s Dreams

Japans gesproken
Engels ondertiteld
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.


This film is part of our program Down The Rabbit Hole.


  • Akira Kurosawa


  • Akira Terao
  • Yoshitaka Zushi
  • Martin Scorsese


  • 1990


  • 1 uur en 59 minuten


  • Engels


  • 6
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