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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.


(as Akira Kurosava)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Yuriy Solomin ...
Mikhail Bychkov ...
Otryad Arseneva (as M. Bychkov)
Vladimir Khrulev ...
Otryad Arseneva (as V. Khrulev)
V. Lastochkin ...
Otryad Arseneva
Stanislav Marin ...
Otryad Arseneva (as S. Marin)
Igor Sykhra ...
Otryad Arseneva (as I. Sykhra)
Vladimir Sergiyakov ...
Otryad Arseneva (as V. Sergiyakov)
Yanis Yakobsons ...
Otryad Arseneva (as Ya. Yakobsons)
V. Khlestov ...
Otryad Arseneva
G. Polunin ...
Otryad Arseneva
V. Koldin ...
Otryad Arseneva
M. Tetov ...
Otryad Arseneva
S. Sinyavskiy ...
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Vladimir Sverba ...
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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 <>

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Release Date:

20 December 1977 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dersu Uzala  »

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$4,000,000 (estimated)

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2.20 : 1
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Once upon a time, there was a director...
3 October 2004 | by (Vancouver,Canada) – See 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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