Johnnie To's Throwdown (2004) concludes with a salute to whom he calls 'the greatest filmmaker,' Akira Kurosawa; hence 'To dreams of Kurosawa'
This video essay is in turn a salute to both Kurosawa & To, as it stages a more explicit dialogue between the two through the dream, stream-of-consciousness flow enabled by the digital stitching of Throwdown & several of Kurosawa's films from the late 1940s & early 1960s.
Anchoring this digital dreaming of their dialogue (or even dreaming it himself) is Jorge Luis Borges' notion of dreaming as a metaphor for authorship, influence, inspiration, & creation.
If Throwdown is cinephilic dreaming between Kurosawa & To, so this video essay is another layer of that dreaming & a subtle gesture to the video essay as a creative process of authorship, influence, inspiration, & creation in its own right. Hence 'To dreams of Kurosawa.'
See additional text at http://www.vcinemashow.com/to-dreams-of-kurosawa-or-space-of-authorship-and-homage-in-johnnie-tos-throwdown-2004/.
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