"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.