Surreal. Not all of the segments work (some are quite tedious), but those that do are great. The environmentalist/anti-war messages are rather heavy-handed and can be distracting. Gets points for the sheer audacity of the thing, stuff like this just isn't made often. Beautiful colors and imagery.
While it might have benefited from a more cohesive through-line, Kurosawa's film nonetheless charts a startling & often surrealist journey from birth to death. Although the instalments are separate & episodic, they do add up to a singular narrative commentary on the cycle of life; leading the viewer through recollections past & present; between dream & memory; to themes of war, destruction, nature & creative pursuit.
A film made by dreams, in golden hands... Every dream in this film has its own spirit. In the first two of the dreams you cannot easily see the references, because those dreams were seen by a child; they are more imaginative and they don't have an aim to give a message, they have mostly view-based scenes. The other ones have messages based on technology, war and radioactivity. Awesome scenery, perfect fiction.
Visually stunning, but a bit too abstract for me: no storytelling and no major key to interpret what's happening. I'm not going to give my own opinion on this movie, as it is too far from my taste for me to build a proper review - and I would be afraid to be harsher than the movie deserves.
D'une beauté esthétique, plastique, souvent fascinante, voire époustouflante, le film reste tout de même de qualité fort inégale selon les différentes histoires abordées et vire quelquefois même dans le démonstratif un peu simpliste et facile, avec ses connotations écologiques et anti-nucléaires élémentaire... www.cinefiches.com
i looooved loved loved the first dreams. the second part of the movie wasn't so interesting but i still kept watching hoping for something dreamy to happen. the first dream is my absolute favorite! i can't think of anything else so emotionally moving in the whole cinema i've watched
The 80s birthed a golden age of production design and practical FX, and this personal project from Kurosawa, supported by Lucas and Spielberg, shows how such tools could be put to lyrical use. It's all hit and miss, but the effect has its own intoxication: we see a mind at work, and like analyzing our own dreams, we see links, meaning, and progression where none may exist. At 80, Kurosawa was trying something new.