Frankfurt am Main | 13 – 20 October 2024


Japan 1990
By Akira Kurosawa
Sun, 15 October 2023, 8:45 PM

"Dreams" is a 1990 magical realist anthology film of eight vignettes, each based on a different dream, where humans, spirits and nature interact with each other, starring Akira Terao, Martin Scorsese, Chishū Ryū, Mieko Harada and Mitsuko Baisho. The film follows a surrogate Kurosawa character through the ages, starting in childhood and ending as a man in the company of death. It was inspired by actual recurring dreams that Kurosawa said he had repeatedly. "Dreams" addresses themes such as childhood, spirituality, art, death, and mistakes and transgressions made by humans against nature. It was his first film in 45 years in which he was the sole author of the screenplay.

Film Info


Original title
Release Date
  • Japan
119 Minutes
Color Format
  • Colour


  • Akira Kurosawa
  • Writer
  • Akira Kurosawa
  • Ishirô Honda
  • Cast

  • Akira Terao
  • Mitsuko Baishô
  • Toshie Negishi
  • Director

    • Akira Kurosawa

      Akira Kurosawa, born on March 23, 1910, in Tokyo, Japan, was a visionary filmmaker whose impact on world cinema remains profound. Known for his remarkable storytelling, technical brilliance, and keen understanding of human nature, Kurosawa is celebrated as one of the most influential directors in cinematic history. He began his career as a screenwriter before making his directorial debut in the 1940s. Kurosawa's breakthrough came with the classic film "Rashomon," which introduced his signature storytelling technique of multiple perspectives on a single event. His work often explored themes of honor, morality, and the human condition, as seen in masterpieces like "Seven Samurai," "Yojimbo," and "Ran." Kurosawa's collaboration with actor Toshiro Mifune became legendary, and their partnership produced some of cinema's most iconic characters. Throughout his illustrious career, he received numerous awards, including several Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film. Akira Kurosawa's legacy endures as an inspiration to filmmakers worldwide.

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