Akira Kurosawa's Dreams

"Bad"

Akira Kurosawa's Dreams Review


At the risk of sounding disrespectful to one of filmmaking's masters, Akira Kurosawa couldn't dream his way out of a paper bag.

Based on Akira Kurosawa's Dreams -- a film consisting of, you guessed it, a bunch of his dreams put on film and strung together one after another -- Kurosawa didn't have dreams any more interesting than you or me. George Bush's dreams -- that I'd like to see. Saddam Hussein's dreams -- that'd be a hoot! But a creative filmmaker naturally has kooky, inspirational dreams. And of course they're complete nonsense.

Dreams stands as perhaps the biggest and most painful vanity project ever put to film. A dead soldier refuses to believe he is dead. Japanese nuclear plants explode and make Mt. Fuji appear to be erupting. A fox gets married in a magical forest. And in one of the most inexplicable ten minutes of celluloid ever released to the public, Martin Scorsese plays an English-speaking Vincent Van Gogh. He meets Kurosawa's alter-ego, who then traipses through life-size Van Gogh paintings before being surrounded by superimposed crows.

There is utter nonsense, and then there is Dreams.

I have no problem with dreamy movies like Blue Velvet and I have no problem Kurosawa, who made masterpieces Ran and Rashomon 35 years apart from one another. Dreams came at the very end of his career, in 1990, when Kurosawa was clearly fading away. His love affairs with samurai culture, Shakespeare, and the subjectivity of perception all seem to have faded away. Dreams isn't even a love affair with dreaming -- it's a love affair with Akira Kurosawa... and nobody wants to see that kind of molestation on the big screen.

Aka Yume.



Facts and Figures

Production compaines: Warner Bros Pictures

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 1.5 / 5

Cast & Crew

Director:

Producer: Mike Y. Inoue,

Starring: as I, as Mother of 'I', as Mother carrying child, as The Snow Fairy, as 'I' as a boy, as Vincent Van Gogh

Contactmusic


Links



Advertisement

New Movies

Julieta Movie Review

Julieta Movie Review

Iconic Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar is back with another powerfully complex female-centred drama, along the...

Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping Movie Review

Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping Movie Review

An astute satire of the pop music business, this raucous mock-documentary is consistently hilarious from...

War Dogs Movie Review

War Dogs Movie Review

Based on a rather astounding true story, this comedy-drama centres on two stoners who landed...

Swallows and Amazons Movie Review

Swallows and Amazons Movie Review

After a number of films, TV series and stage adaptations, Arthur Ransome's beloved 1930 novel...

David Brent: Life on the Road Movie Review

David Brent: Life on the Road Movie Review

The original BBC sitcom The Office ran for 14 episodes from 2001 to 2003, and...

The Childhood of a Leader Movie Review

The Childhood of a Leader Movie Review

Bold and intelligent, this dark drama is a challenging portrait of the making of an...

Pete's Dragon Movie Review

Pete's Dragon Movie Review

This hugely enjoyable adventure is a loose remake of the 1977 Disney hit that blended...

Advertisement
The Shallows Movie Review

The Shallows Movie Review

With a simple premise and plenty of visual style, Spanish filmmaker Jaume Collet-Serra (Unknown) takes...

Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates Movie Review

Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates Movie Review

Watching this gross-out comedy, it's clear that the gifted cast and crew had a great...

Nerve Movie Review

Nerve Movie Review

With a premise that feels almost eerily current, this stylish thriller revolves around a phone...

The Carer Movie Review

The Carer Movie Review

Brian Cox gets the role of a lifetime in this warm comedy about living life...

Born to Be Blue Movie Review

Born to Be Blue Movie Review

Writer-director Robert Budreau takes a stylised approach to this biopic of the legendary jazz artist...

Jason Bourne Movie Review

Jason Bourne Movie Review

It's been nine years since Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass collaborated on The Bourne Ultimatum,...

The Commune [Kollektivet] Movie Review

The Commune [Kollektivet] Movie Review

Veteran Danish filmmaker Thomas Vinterberg (Festen, The Hunt) returns to a smaller homegrown story after...

Advertisement
Artists
Actors
    Filmmakers
      Artists
      Bands
        Musicians
          Artists
          Celebrities
             
              Artists
              Interviews
                musicians & bands in the news
                  actors & filmmakers in the news
                    celebrities in the news

                      Go Back in Time using our News archive to see what happened on a particular day in the past.