Akira Kurosawa’s Dreams

Akira Kurosawa’s Dreams

Criterion Collection Edition #842

Unfolding in a series of eight mythic vignettes, this late work by Akira Kurosawa was inspired by the beloved director’s own nighttime visions, along with stories from Japanese folklore. In a visually sumptuous journey through the master’s imagination, tales of childlike wonder give way to apocalyptic apparitions: a young boy stumbles on a fox wedding in a forest; a soldier confronts the ghosts of the war dead; a power plant meltdown smothers a seaside landscape in radioactive fumes. Interspersed with reflections on the redemptive power of creation, including a richly textured tribute to Vincent van Gogh (who is played by Martin Scorsese), AKIRA KUROSAWA’S DREAMS is both a showcase for its maker’s artistry at its most unbridled and a deeply personal lament for a world at the mercy of human ignorance.

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Akira Kurosawa’s Dreams
  • Akira Kurosawa’s Dreams

    Directed by Akira Kurosawa • 1990 • Japan
    Starring Akira Terao, Chishu Ryu, Martin Scorsese

    Unfolding in a series of eight mythic vignettes, this late work by Akira Kurosawa was inspired by the beloved director’s own nighttime visions, along with stories from Japanese folklore. In a visually ...

Extras

  • AKIRA KUROSAWA’S DREAMS Commentary

    This commentary features film scholar Stephen Prince and was recorded in New York in 2016.

  • Making of DREAMS

    This 150-minute documentary, directed by Nobuhiko Obayashi (HOUSE) on the set of AKIRA KUROSAWA’S DREAMS, features behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with cast and crew.

  • Kurosawa’s Way

    Released in 2011, KUROSAWA’S WAY is a fifty-two-minute documentary directed by Akira Kurosawa’s longtime translator Catherine Cadou, who interviews eleven major film directors on how Kurosawa’s films have influenced their own work. The interviewees include Bernardo Bertolucci, Clint Eastwood, Abb...

  • Teruyo Nogami on AKIRA KUROSAWA’S DREAMS

    Teruyo Nogami worked closely with Akira Kurosawa as his script supervisor for more than forty years. In this interview, recorded in Japan in July 2016, Nogami recalls her relationship with the great director and the difficult process of bringing AKIRA KUROSAWA’S DREAMS to fruition.

  • Takashi Koizumi on AKIRA KUROSAWA’S DREAMS

    The assistant director on AKIRA KUROSAWA’S DREAMS, Takashi Koizumi, worked alongside Kurosawa on the filmmaker’s last five films. This interivew with Koizumi was conducted in Japan in July 2016.