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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 55%

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"There's greatness in the film's first hour."
‑ Terrence Rafferty, New Yorker
"It's something altogether new for Kurosawa, a collection of short, sometimes fragmentary films that are less like dreams than fairy tales of past, present and future. The magical and mysterious are mixed with the practical, funny and polemical."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"his is clearly the work of a master filmmaker, even if his Dreams are as unpredictable and uneven as our own."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Worth seeing if you are a fan of the director, but for anyone else I'd suggest first seeking out his more famous films of the 1950s and '60s."
‑ Derek Smith, Apollo Guide
"Perhaps the biggest and most painful vanity project ever put to film."
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"In the uneven career of Akira Kurosawa, two limiting factors were sentimentality and preachiness, and both come to the fore in this 1990 collection of eight dreams."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Dreams will knock your eyes out without ignoring the mind and heart."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"I wish I could say that every segment is fantastic, but just like so many other "short story films", it's a mixed bag."
‑ Austin Kennedy, Sin Magazine
"Visually stunning, but dramatically pretty lacking."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"It is a satisfying summation of a well-spent career."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"Only during a final procession does the old Kurosawa magic get a brief look-in, but by then the hackneyed moralising and dramatic languor have ensured that, despite the well-meaning message, it's hard to care."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"It's dreamy only in one respect: It's a snooze."
‑ Hal Hinson, Washington Post
"Beautiful to look at but a rather empty fantasy film."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Each [of the eight shorts] is beautifully photographed, and as eye candy alone, they are phenomenal. Unfortunately, several are sluggishly paced."
‑ Forrest Hartman, Reno Gazette-Journal
"...brief, moral tales emphasizing visual splendor, imagery, and imagination over conventional characterization and narrative."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
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