over 5 years
Somewhat autobiographical, multiple dream stories, beautifully told; fav: the peach trees
fascinating movie about a series of dreams with evocative themes
Dreams (夢, Yume, aka Akira Kurosawa's Dreams, I Saw a Dream Like This, or Such Dreams I Have Dreamed) is a 1990 magical realism film based on actual dreams of the film's director, Akira Kurosawa at different stages of his life. The film is more imagery than dialogue. The alternative titles ("I Saw a Dream Like This") are a translation of the opening line of Ten Nights of Dreams, by Natsume Sōseki, which begins: Konna yume wo mita (こんな夢を見た). The film was screened out of competition at the 1990 Cannes Film Festival.
The film consists of several dreams based on Kurosawa's own, throughout his life. The dreams are eight separate segments in the following order:
There is an old legend in Japan that states that when the sun is shining through the rain, the kitsune (foxes) have their weddings (this is a common theme globally – see sunshower). In this first dream, a boy defies the wish of a woman, possibly his mother, to remain at home during a day with such weather. From behind a large tree...