Kurosawa Purodakushon

DVD - 2016

Unfolding in a series of mythic vignettes, this late work by Akira Kurosawa brings eight of the beloved director's own nighttime visions, informed by tales from Japanese folklore, to cinematic life.

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Criterion collection ; 842.
Feature films
Fantasy films
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
[Irvington, NY] : The Criterion Collection [2016]
Two-DVD special edition ; DVD edition ; Widescreen
Item Description
Originally released as a motion picture in 1990.
Widescreen (1.85:1 aspect ratio)
Special features: disc one. New, restored 4K digital transfer, supervised by cinematographer Shoji Ueda ; new audio commentary featuring film scholar Stephen Prince ; Kurosawa's Way (2011), a fifty-minute documentary by Kurosawa's longtime translator Catherine Cadou, featuring interviews with filmmakers Bernardo Bertolucci, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Martin Scorsese, Hayao Miyazaki, and others ; trailer ; new English subtitle translation -- disc two. Making of "Dreams" (1990), a 150-minute documentary shot on set and directed by Nobuhiko Obayashi ; new interview with production manager Teruyo Nogami ; new interview with assistant director Takashi Koizumi.
Physical Description
2 videodiscs (120 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
DVD; Widescreen (1.85:1 aspect ratio) presentation; 2.0 surround.
Rating: PG.
Production Credits
Cinematography, Takao Saito, Shoji Ueda ; film editing, Tome Minami ; music, Shinichiro Ikebe ; art direction, Yoshiro Muraki, Akira Sakuragi ; costume design, Emi Wada ; sound, Kenichi Benitani ; visual effects, Industrial Light & Magic, Sony ; choreographer, Michiyo Hata.
Corporate Author
Kurosawa Purodakushon (production company)
Other Authors
Akira Kurosawa, 1910-1998 (screenwriter), Takashi Koizumi, 1944- (film director), Steven Spielberg, 1946- (film producer), Hisao Kurosawa (production manager), Mike Y. Inoue (actor), Teruyo Nogami, 1927-, Akira Terao, 1947-, Mitsuko Baishō, Mieko Harada, 1958-, Toshie Negishi, Mitsunori Isaki, 1977-, Toshihiko Nakano, Yoshitaka Zushi, Hisashi Igawa, Chōsuke Ikariya, 1931-2004, Chishū Ryū, 1904-1993, Martin Scorsese, Misato Tate, 1978-, Mieko Suzuki, 1974-, Masayuki Yui, 1947-, Shu Nakajima, Sakae Kimura, 1955-, Tessho Yamashita
Review by Publisher Summary 1

Unfolding in a series of mythic vignettes, this late work by Akira Kurosawa (Seven Samurai, Ran) brings eight of the beloved director’s own nighttime visions, informed by tales from Japanese folklore, to cinematic life. In a visually sumptuous journey through the master’s unconscious, tales of childlike wonder give way to apocalyptic visions: 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 art, including a richly textured tribute to Vincent van Gogh (played by Martin Scorsese), Akira Kurosawa’s Dreams is both a showcase for its maker’s imagination at its most unbridled and a deeply personal lament for a world at the mercy of human ignorance.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

A series of eight films based on Akira Kurosawa's dreams explore the costs of war, the perils of nuclear power, and mankind's need to harmonize with nature.