Kurosawa’s series of eight short films, entitled Dreams, is based on his own dreams from various periods of his life. Crows expresses his admiration for the work of Vincent Van Gogh. As the film begins, a young painter is looking intently at Van Gogh’s work in a museum when he is suddenly transported to the French countryside near Arles. He encounters Van Gogh in the flesh, played by Martin Scorsesee, whose dialogue could be just as well be a musing on his own artistic vision. Crows (1990) was co-directed by Ishiro Honda.