Dreams 1990 Criterion Collection
Up until 1985's Ran, the legendary Japanese director Akira Kurosawa, having enjoyed half a century of moviemaking, was always quick to answer the question "what do you consider to be your best film?" with "my next one". But after the grand, epic scale of both Ran and its immediate predecessor, Kagemusha, and, given his advancing age - he was, by that point, pushing 80 - even he eventually reflected that Ran may be his best work, and thereafter set about making movies which, whilst not considered amidst his best works, were arguably more personal.
Dreams, from Kurosawa's only solo screenplay, was literally based on his own dreams. A series of eight short vignettes, it touched on myriad themes, incorporating both personal aspects of the director's own life (like his childhood home, and his sister, who died when he was a child) and classic tales of Japanese folklore, with everything from a fox's wedding to a chat with Van Gogh, to ghosts and demons, to a nuclear apocalypse, fueling his fever dreams. It's far from classic territory for the director, but it's intimate, revealing and visionary nonetheless.

Director: Akira Kurosawa, Ishiro Honda
Cast: Akira Terao, Mitsuko Baisho, Mieko Harada, Martin Scorsese
Country: USA, Japan
Genre: Drama, Fantasy


BD50 | 1080p AVC | 01:59:44 | 44.8 Gb + 3% rec
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: English

Extras:
• New audio commentary featuring film scholar Stephen Prince
• Making of "Dreams" (1990), a 150-minute documentary shot on set and directed by Nobuhiko Obayashi (2:30:40)
• New interview with production manager Teruyo Nogami (17:23)
• New interview with assistant director Takashi Koizumi (16:03)
• Kurosawa's Way (2011), a fifty-minute documentary by Kurosawa's longtime translator Catherine Cadou, featuring interviews with filmmakers Bernardo Bertolucci, Alejandro G. Iсбrritu, Martin Scorsese, Hayao Miyazaki, and others (52;10)
• Trailer (1:47)

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