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Dersu Uzala (1975)

Cast: Maxim Munzuk, Yuri Solomin, Vladimir Kremena, more...
Director: Akira Kurosawa
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Studio: Kino
Genre: Drama, Foreign, Costume Drama/Period Piece, Russia
Running Time: 140 min.
Subtitles: English
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A few months after his notorious suicide attempt, Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa was regenerated by the notion of helming the first Russian/Japanese co-production. Co-scripted and directed by Kurosawa, Dersu Uzala is the story of an elderly guide and Goldi hunter (Maxim Munzuk), who, at the turn of the century, agrees to shepherd a Russian explorer (Yuri Solomin) and a troop of soldiers through the most treacherous passages of the Far East. The guide has been "one" with the land almost from birth, and is thus able to save his party from perishing. Four years in the making, Dersu Uzala won the 1976 Best Foreign Film Oscar and restored the flagging Akira Kurosawa to the top ranks of the Japanese film industry. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

loved it by mwebster February 16, 2005 - 11:27 AM PST
2 out of 3 members found this review helpful
meditative and beutifully shot - no it is not dramatically focussed, it is in the tradition of Japanese nature paintings - a lovely image of the woods and of a man who complements them. I couldn't get enough of it.

2/3 boring by rarcher August 9, 2003 - 7:43 PM PDT
2 out of 15 members found this review helpful
this movie just didn't have any of the flair or memorable shots that i go to kurosawa for
the few bits where it deals with dersu's "religious" or relationship to nature and the "men" of nature are nice
and the ending gets interesting because of the conflict nature/city
but the rest just felt slow
and none of the shots caught my attention

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(Average 7.64)
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