Dreams (1990)

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… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: August 24, 1990
DVD Release Date: March 18, 2003
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Critic Score: 59% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Terrence Rafferty
New Yorker

There's greatness in the film's first hour.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

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.

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Christopher Machell

Rarely in cinema has the raw personal and symbolic power of dreaming been so effectively captured as in Akira Kurosawa's 1990 feature ... Kurosawa's late film beautifully evokes the short and often baffling nature of dreaming.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

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.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

Dreams will knock your eyes out without ignoring the mind and heart.

James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

while not necessarily among Kurosawa's best, is still a remarkable achievement that draws you deep into its fantastical world; even the least effective bits still work in their own way

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

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.

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Hal Hinson
Washington Post

It's dreamy only in one respect: It's a snooze.

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TV Guide

his is clearly the work of a master filmmaker, even if his Dreams are as unpredictable and uneven as our own.

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Flixster Audience Score: 86% Flixster User Reviews
Chris Weber
One of Akira Kurosawa's final films, this is a collection of eight short films, presented as dreams that were presumably dreamed by Kurosawa himself. All… More
danny d
pretty fulfilling movie. this is actually a series of 8 short films that average around 15 minutes each. they are short films about the actual dreams of… More
Stella Dallas
it's a visual feast and ephemeral as dreams. i felt it fell off a bit in the second half
Megan S
some of it was better than others. it was a collection of eight short films. the colors in it were beautiful and i loved the way he used the sounds and music.… More
El Hombre Invisible
Still on the fence about which Kurosawa-era I enjoy more, his black and white world or the films in color that are some of the most impressive. Made of 8 short… More
Steve B.
To quote Agent Cooper, "wonderful and strange..."