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Dersu Uzala (1975)

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The Russian army sends an explorer on an expedition to the snowy Siberian wilderness where he makes friends with a seasoned local hunter.

Director:

Akira Kurosawa (as Akira Kurosava)

Writers:

Akira Kurosawa (screenplay) (as Akira Kurosava), Yuriy Nagibin (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Yuriy Solomin ... Arsenev
Maksim Munzuk ... Dersu Uzala
Mikhail Bychkov Mikhail Bychkov ... Otryad Arseneva (as M. Bychkov)
Vladimir Khrulyov Vladimir Khrulyov ... Otryad Arseneva (as V. Khrulyov)
V. Lastochkin V. Lastochkin ... Otryad Arseneva
Stanislav Marin Stanislav Marin ... Otryad Arseneva (as S. Marin)
Igor Sykhra Igor Sykhra ... Otryad Arseneva (as I. Sykhra)
Vladimir Sergiyakov Vladimir Sergiyakov ... Otryad Arseneva (as V. Sergiyakov)
Yanis Yakobsons Yanis Yakobsons ... Otryad Arseneva (as Ya. Yakobsons)
V. Khlestov V. Khlestov ... Otryad Arseneva
G. Polunin G. Polunin ... Otryad Arseneva
V. Koldin V. Koldin ... Otryad Arseneva
M. Tetov M. Tetov ... Otryad Arseneva
S. Sinyavskiy S. Sinyavskiy ... Otryad Arseneva
Vladimir Sverba Vladimir Sverba ... Otryad Arseneva (as V. Sverba)
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Storyline

A Russian army explorer who is rescued in Siberia by a rugged Asian hunter renews his friendship with the woodsman years later when he returns as the head of a larger expedition. The hunter finds that all of his nature lore is of no help when he accompanies the explorer back to civilization. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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Details

Official Sites:

Mosfilm [Russia]

Country:

Soviet Union | Japan

Language:

Russian | Chinese

Release Date:

20 December 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dersu Uzala See more »

Filming Locations:

Mosfilm Studios, Moscow, Russia See more »

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Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Mono (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.20 : 1
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Trivia

In discussing this film in his autobiography, Kurosawa metaphorically compares film directors to salmon: "When the river he was born in and raised in [i.e., the Japanese film industry] becomes polluted, he can't climb back upstream to lay his eggs - he has trouble making his films... One such salmon, seeing no other way, made a long journey to climb a Soviet river and give birth to some caviar. This is how my 1975 film Dersu Uzala came about. Nor do I think this is such a bad thing. But the most natural thing for a Japanese salmon to do is to lay its eggs in a Japanese river." See more »

Goofs

Near the end of the movie, when Dersu gives Vova his forked walking stick, he tells the boy that he's had that stick for "many, many years." In the first half of the film Dersu's walking stick had much longer forks. See more »

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Dersu Uzala: Fire angry, forest burn for many days. Fire get angry, frightful. Water get angry, frightful. Wind get angry, frightful. Fire, water, wind. Three mighty men.
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Once upon a time, there was a director...
3 October 2004 | by vdgSee all my reviews

..and his name was Akira Kurosawa. Once upon a time there was a simple man: a hunter, and simple story of friendship and reflection about life. Once upon a time a magnificent director and film crew have put a beautiful story on the screen with such perfection, that in our days we look back and we wonder: why movies like this are not being made anymore??

It doesn't matter if you like any other Kurosawa's works or any other 'Russian' films, because this one would touch you so much that you would go back and looked for similar films… I wish I could see this film in all his beauty: on a big screen, in the original format (70 mm), as I felt that I missed a lot of details from the TV format.

There are directors and there is Kurosawa, there are dramas and there are Russian stories, so when you put both of them together, what do you get? Dersu Uzala!

Enjoy it, at least as much I did…


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