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Kurosawa's Dreams Review

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A collection of tales based upon the actual dreams of director Akira Kurosawa.

★★★★★

A highly personal project, in which the Japanese director often hailed as the world’s greatest living film-maker trots out eight of his dreams in plotless little anecdotes that range from the wistful to the embittered.

About half of the pieces are charming, especially a colourful encounter with Martin Scorsese as a one-eared Van Gogh, but there is a feeling of ho-humness about most of the picture, with a few touches of unintentional humour as a segment about nuclear meltdown on Mount Fuji seems like an extract from a Godzilla movie or an old man in a village whinges endlessly about how modern life has gone to Hell.

There are a few astonishing bits, with gorgeously costumed dancing foxes and peach blossoms or a regiment of ghost soldiers, but on the whole this is like being trapped in a corner by one of those hippies who insist on telling you about this amazing dream he had last night.

On the whole, zzzzzzzzzzzzzz!.