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Dersu Uzala 1975 film review

Dersu Uzala 1975 film review

Dersu Uzala (1975, Japan)

Running time
144 minutes
Our rating
★★★★★★★★☆☆ 8 / 10

The film tells the story of a 1902 expedition of the cartographer Arsenyev to the Primorsky Krai, the land in the far east part of Russian Empire. The guide of the expedition was local hunter named Dersu Uzala, who can all the trail in the wilderness and is also a phenomenal shooter. During the six-month expedition Dersu befriends a cartographer although they come from completely different worlds. During the travel and learning about the land it turns out that the Dersu knows all there is to know about taiga, the animals and the plants. For him, the whole of nature, animals, fire, the sun is a being, a being equal to man (animistic philosophy). But civilization is on the verge of entering this part of the land. During the expedition Dersu saves Arsenyev’s live, and years after the expedition has ended they meet again and again set off on an trip into wild.

This is an exceptional film - it was created in times when Russia and Japan formally were not in good terms. We have a fantastic view on taiga, exotic scenery, beautiful raw landscapes, friendship without sentimentality. The film won the Oscar for best foreign film.

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Creators of Dersu Uzala

Akira Kurosawa films

Akira Kurosawa


Akira Kurosawa films

Akira Kurosawa


Jurij Nagibin films

Jurij Nagibin


Cast of Dersu Uzala

Maksim Munzuk films

Maksim Munzuk

as Dersu Uzała

Jurij Solomin films

Jurij Solomin

as Arsenyev

Swietlana Danilczenko films

Swietlana Danilczenko

as Arsenyev’s wife

Dmitrij Korszikow films

Dmitrij Korszikow

as Vova, Arsenyev’s son

Sujmenkul Chokmorow films

Sujmenkul Chokmorow

as Jan Bao

Wladimir Kremena films

Wladimir Kremena

as Turtwigin

Aleksandr Piatkow films

Aleksandr Piatkow

as Olenin

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