Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Akira Kurosawa's Dreams (1990)

Director: Akira Kurosawa. Cast: Akira Terao, Mitsunori Isaki, Toshihiko Nakano, Martin Scorsese. 119 min. Rated PG. Japan. Fantasy.

This multi-episodic film from the master of enchanting imagery, is exactly what the title says: a string of a Kurosawa's scattered dreams, from childhood to middle age, inspired by the beauty of nature to the fight for survival to the brutality of war to the horrors of nuclear annihilation, with a common theme of respecting nature. I found the dream of a general followed through a tunnel by ghosts of his wiped-out army the most disturbing, and the one having Scorsese play Van Gough (with a Brooklyn accent) the weakest. Worthy of consideration, but not for all tastes.

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