Yume, Yume No Ato (lost Japanese/French fantasy film; 1981)
Yume, Yume No Ato is a Japanese/French fantasy movie directed by fashion designer Kenzo Takada and released on January 24, 1981. The film is most noteworthy for its soundtrack, which was composed by the American rock band Journey. This soundtrack was released in 1980 under the English-translated name of Dream, After Dream, and was met with generally positive reviews from American rock critics. However, while the album was released internationally and is quite easy to come by, the film that it was created for has fallen into obscurity, and has not resurfaced since its initial release.
The movie is a fantasy-romance, which centers on the quest of an unnamed young man (Enrico Tricarico). A wise fortune teller (Léo Campion) tells the man that he will find happiness on the other side of the lake, and so the man heeds this advice and heads south. After traversing the desert, the man arrives at the lake, and, finding an abandoned ship nearby, sets sail late at night. As the sun rises, the man loses consciousness, and when he awakens, he has been brought to an ancient castle on the opposite end of the lake. This castle houses two mysterious sisters, named Tsuki (Anicée Alvina) and Yuki (Anne Consigny), the latter of which had saved his life after finding him.
Though charmed by Yuki, the man falls in love with Tsuki, who invites him to bed with her. The man begins weaving fabrics for both of them, yet while the ones he makes for Tsuki are beautiful, Yuki finds hers to be inferior. One day, Tsuki and the man meet outside the castle and make love atop a bed of flowers. Upon their return, Yuki learns of their love affair, and is not pleased. The two sisters begin to fight, and the man feels guilt for the animosity he has caused.
As a result of the quarrel, Tsuki decides she must kill the man, and invites him to bed once more. However, wrapped in his embrace, she finds that she cannot bring herself to stab him. She flees to the terrace, followed by the young man, who watches in awe as she slowly transforms into a bird, unfurls her wings, and takes flight. As she flies off into the distance, Yuki regretfully whispers to the man that he was too beautiful and wonderful for them to love, and yet they had both fallen for him anyway. The man shouts skyward to confess his true love, and is left by himself to face his destiny.
Supposedly, the movie also features a governess character played by Liliana Gerace, but it is not known how this character fits into the story. The film has a runtime of 101 minutes.
The project was announced at a press conference on June 16, 1980, and shooting for the film began in Morocco in July of that year. The film was a Japanese/French collaboration, as the cast is made up entirely of French actors while the known crew members are a mix between the two. In addition to directing, Kenzo Takada also scripted the movie alongside Xavier De Castella. Other production credits include Hiroaki Fuji and Tatsuo Funahashi as producers, Tatsuji Nakashizu as set designer, Senji Horiuchi and Julien Cloquet as sound designers/recordists, and Setsuo Kobayashi as cinematographer.
Journey became involved with the film after they were approached by CBS/Sony. Takada had requested the company to find a popular group willing to produce the soundtrack, and Journey was chosen so that the movie would increase the band's popularity in Japan. The band, who agreed to the proposal, wrote and recorded the music while in Japan for their Fall 1980 tour after Takada granted them complete creative control over the soundtrack.
In addition to the film’s theatrical run in Japan, it was also released in France under the name of Rêve Après Rêve. However, outside of these screenings, the film has not resurfaced in any capacity. The movie has aired on Japanese television in the past, but no recordings have found their way online, and it has not been released on VHS or DVD (possibly due to Kenzo Takada being against such a release). Despite this, a number of production stills, as well as the contents of a program pamphlet, have been found, which serve as the only visual evidence of the film’s existence.
- Allmusic review of the album. Retrieved 19 Sept '16.
- Discogs page for the album. Retrieved 19 Sept '16.
- Archive of New York Times' page on the movie. Archived 14 Apr 2015. Retrieved 19 Sept '16.
- Detailed plot summary from Movie Walker. (Proper translation of content.) Retrieved 2 Oct '16.
- 1980 Billboard article announcing the film. Retrieved 19 Sept '16.
- Journey fansite Wheel In The Sky's page on the movie. Retrieved 19 Sept '16.
- Notre Cinema's page for the French version. Retrieved 19 Sept '16.
- Japanese blog post about the movie. (Proper translation of relevant content.) Retrieved 19 Sept '16.