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With: Akira Terao, Mitsuko Baisho, Toshie Negishi, Mieko Harada, Mitsunori Isaki, Toshihiko Nakano, Yoshitaka Zushi, Hisashi Igawa, Chosuke Ikariya, Chishu Ryu, Martin Scorsese
Written by: Akira Kurosawa, Ishiro Honda
Directed by: Akira Kurosawa
MPAA Rating: PG
Language: Japanese, English, with English subtitles
Running Time: 119
Date: 03/19/2013

Akira Kurosawa's Dreams (1990)

3 Stars (out of 4)


By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Akira Kurosawa's Dreams is less scrappy and more thoughtful than his more famous works, containing moments of great beauty as well as moments of painful awkwardness. Kurosawa's dream sequences are almost too literal to work all the time, but his views of nature in flux are still dazzling. Other sequences are far too obviously preachy with their heavy-handed, anti-war messages (featuring a ghost platoon and a nuclear power plant). Martin Scorsese appears as a very odd Van Gogh in one otherwise beautiful sequence. Steven Spielberg helped get the film released in U.S. theaters.

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