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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.

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Akira Kurosawa (as Akira Kurosava)

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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 Khrulev Vladimir Khrulev ... Otryad Arseneva (as V. Khrulev)
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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There is man and beast at nature's mercy. There is awe and love and reverence. And there is the man called...


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

Color:

Color (Sovcolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.20 : 1
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When Dersu and Arsenev are looking at the 3/4 moon and the setting sun, the moon is in the wrong phase to appear in the sky at the same time as the sun. 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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A hauntingly beautiful film set in the wilderness of eastern Siberia
25 November 1998 | by cglasseySee all my reviews

On the face of it, Dersu Uzala would not seem like a candidate for a great film. The story is about a young Russian (Imperial Russia) officer is sent to the far east of Siberia to explore. He meets with a native of the region and they form a bond together. The territory in question is the wild, rugged eastern Siberia (north of Valdivostok). I would say that you have not lived until you have seen what Kurosawa can do filming nature in its raw splendor and magnificence. The scenes in this film like the wind rushing through the tall reeds, or the mist draping the forested hills, are images of haunting beauty.

Kurosawa, one of the greatest film directors of the 20th century, made his final masterpiece with film. The characters are well drawn, the sub-text of the story (the clash of civilization vs. nature) is nuanced, but most of all it is the wild beauty of nature which is the focus of this film. Once you see it, I don't think you will forget it, I know I never have.


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