Akira Kurosawa’s Dreams (Yume)
Chosen by film club members through online and in-person polls as our film for January, this 1990 film from master filmmaker Akira Kurosawa consists of 8 vignettes inspired by his actual dreams. Introspection, social commentary, and traditional Japanese folklore all play a part in this late-entry in Kurosawa’s career (he began writing the screenplay when he was nearly 80 years old). A surreal, nonlinear, brightly-colored journey through the subconscious of a great auteur of cinema–what could be grander? Plus, Martin Scorsese pops up to play Vincent van Gogh!
Here’s an excerpt from the van Gogh chapter:
More about the movie:
Please arrive on time so we can start on time! It’s okay to show up a little bit early if you like.
We’ll use our projector and screen for watching the film. All films are in Japanese with English subtitles. This is a free event, but we ask for donations for food and tea. Hope to see you there!
5:30-5:45pm — members arrive, remarks on the film by Erin and Masaki
5:45 pm — film starts
7:45 pm — film ends
7:50 pm — post-film discussion
8:30pm — event ends