I just saw it yesterday at a friend's "movie night." I really loved it, it made me want to watch more Kurosawa.
hey! this was the movie that made me fall in love with Kurosawa, too... but i have to say, as far as i know, it is a totally unique movie in his filmography, very unlike anything else he had done... but i'm glad you're interesting in seeing more, it's definitely worth your while.
for me, it's still favorite kurosawa movie along with "dersu uzala", "seven samurai", and "ikiru".
well, i saw the movie four times, i think, and my preference for favorite dreams has changed over time. the first time i saw it, "crows" and "village of the watermills" resonated with me the most. but now my favorites are the first two: "sunshine through the rain" and "the peach orchard".
i'd always thought "the weeping demon" and especially "mount fuji in red" are total failures. the rest i do like, to varying degrees. of the four times i watched it, i've had maybe the most interesting experience with "the blizzard", because when i wasn't in the mood, it seemed to go on forever, but the one time i was into it, it was quite an experience, because you get into that mindset and kind of live through their agony with them, and also end up tempted by that japanese valkyrie (i don't really know what she's called).
"the tunnel" is a very touching meditation on the horrors of war... to me it's about the captain's feeling of guilt, and it seems like kurosawa is criticizing the powers for the atrocities and lets the soldiers off the hook as the naive ones. well, at least that's how his subconscious views it, it would seem.
anyway, my list would be something like this...
1. sunshine through the rain
2. the peach orchard
4. village of the watermills
5. the blizzard
6. the tunnel
7. the weeping demon
8. mount fuji in red