Dersu Uzala (1975) Soviet Union
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Director:Akira Kurosawa
Studio:Kino Video
Producer:Nikolai Sizov, YĆ“ichi Matsue
Writer:Vladimir Arsenyev, Akira Kurosawa
Date Added:2006-03-27
Awards:Won Oscar. Another 6 wins
Picture Format:Widescreen
Aspect Ratio:2.35:1
Sound:Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
Languages:Russian, Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
Akira Kurosawa  ...  (Director)
Vladimir Arsenyev, Akira Kurosawa  ...  (Writer)
Maksim Munzuk  ...  Dersu Uzala
Yuri Solomin  ...  Captain Vladimir Arseniev
Svetlana Danilchenko  ...  Mrs. Arseniev
Dmitri Korshikov  ...  Wowa son of Arsenjev
Suimenkul Chokmorov  ...  Jan Bao
Vladimir Kremena  ...  Turtwigin
Aleksandr Pyatkov  ...  Olenin
Mikhail Bychkov  ...  (as M. Bychkov)
Sovetbek Dzhumadylov  ...  
B. Khorulev  ...  
Nikolai Volkov  ...  
Asakazu Nakai  ...  Cinematographer
Fyodor Dobronravov  ...  Cinematographer
Yuri Gantman  ...  Cinematographer
Yuriy Solomin  ...  Arsenev
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  ...  Otryad Arseneva
V. Sverba  ...  Otryad Arseneva
Summary: During an unusual chapter in the career of director Akira Kurosawa (Rashomon), the filmmaker went to Russia because he found working in his native Japan to be too difficult. The result was this striking 1975 near-epic based on the turn-of-the-century autobiographical novels of a military explorer (Yuri Solomin) who met and befriended a Goldi man in Russia's unmapped forests. Kurosawa traces the evolution of a deep and abiding bond between the two men, one civilized in the usual sense, the other at home in the sub-zero Siberian woods. There's no question that Dersu Uzala (the film is named for the Goldi character, played by Maxim Munzuk) has the muscular, imaginative look of a large-canvas Soviet Mosfilm from the 1970s. But in its energy and insight it is absolutely Kurosawa, from its implicit fascination with the meeting of opposite worlds to certain moments of tranquility and visual splendor. But nothing looks like Kurosawa more than a magnificent action sequence in which the co-heroes fight against time and exhaustion to stay alive in a wicked snowstorm. For fans of the late legend, this is a Kurosawa not to be missed. --Tom Keogh