To Sleep so as to Dream

Japan, 1986

Film
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To Sleep so as to Dream is the first film by Japanese director Kaizo Hayashi and it’s a knockout. Sometime in the late 50’s, an ageing actress from the silent film era hires a detective to rescue her kidnapped daughter. What she is really searching for is her lost youth and the unknown outcome of her first film, `Eternal Mystery’. It was never completed because of a puritanical backlash against women playing women’s roles. Moving back and forth between the 20’s and 50’s, from silent to sound, this is one of the most original films in years: a detective story with a really satisfying ending.

Credits

producer/director

Kaizo Hayashi

Duration

01:21:00:00

Production places
Japan
Production dates
1986

Collection metadata

ACMI Identifier

300528

Language

Japanese

Audience classification

PG

Subject categories

Courtroom, Crime, Espionage & Thrillers

Courtroom, Crime, Espionage & Thrillers → Detective and mystery films

Crime, Espionage, Justice, Police & Prisons → Kidnapping

Experimental

Feature films

Feature films → Feature films - Japan

Foreign language films

Sound/audio

Sound

Colour

Black and White

Holdings

VHS; Access Print (Section 1)

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