Wednesday, 5 March 2008

The Peach Orchard

From Akira Kurosawa's Dreams
Hina Matsuri, the Doll Festival, traditionally takes place in spring when the peach blossoms are in bloom. The dolls that go on display at this time are representative of the peach trees and their blossoms. One boy's family, however, has chopped down their peach orchard, so the boy feels a sense of loss during this year's festival. The boy is led to the now treeless orchard by a spirit - where the dolls from his sister's collection have come to life and are standing before him on the slopes of the orchard. The spirits of the dolls berate the boy for having chopped down the precious trees, but after realising just how much he loved the orchard in bloom, they agree to give him one last glimpse at the peach trees by way of a symbolic dance to gagaku music.

2 comments:

Be the change..... said...

My favorite A.K. movie!! When in architecture school one of our early projects was to design a home for A.K. on a chosen site near school. I think I watched every one of his movies I could get my hand on at the time!

Topsy Turvy said...

One of my favorite movies! Lana