Akira Kurosawa's Dreams (Criterion Collection)

Akira Kurosawa's Dreams (Criterion Collection)

Warner Bros. (1990)
Animation, Drama, Fantasy
Japan | Japanese | Color | 2h
The Criterion Collection
Blu-ray Disc
| 1 disc
Region A

This is essentially eight separate short films, with some overlaps in characters and thematic material - that of man's relationship with his environment. 'Sunshine Through The Rain' - 'The Peach Orchard' - 'The Blizzard' - 'Crows' - 'Mount Fuji in Red' - The Weeping Demon' - 'Village of the Watermills'

Cast View all

Akira Terao I
Mitsuko Baisho Mother of 'I'
Toshie Negishi Mother carrying child
Mieko Harada The Snow Fairy
Mitsunori Isaki 'I' as a boy
Toshihiko Nakano 'I' as a young child
Yoshitaka Zushi Pvt. Noguchi
Hisashi Igawa Nuclear Plant Worker
Chosuke Ikariya The crying demon
Chishu Ryu Old Man
Martin Scorsese Vincent Van Gogh
Masayuki Yui Member of climbing team

Crew View all

Director Akira Kurosawa
Ishiro Honda
Writer Akira Kurosawa
Producer Hisao Kurosawa, Seikichi Iizumi, Mike Y. Inoue, Mike Y. Inoue, Mikey Y. Inoue, Allan H. Liebert
Photography Takao Saitô, Shôji Ueda
Musician Shinichirô Ikebe


Quantity 1
Seen it
Added Jul 11, 2017
Modified Sep 22, 2018


Bought with Nick at July 2017 B&N sale

Disc Features
New, restored 4K digital transfer, supervised by cinematographer Shoji Ueda, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
New audio commentary featuring film scholar Stephen Prince
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
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
New English subtitle translation
PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film critic Bilge Ebiri and Kurosawa’s script for a never-filmed ninth dream, introduced by Nogami

Cover painting by Akira Kurosawa


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