Dersu Uzala

DVD - 2000 - Russian
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Dersu Uzala
Tells the story of the Russian explorer, Vladimir Arsenyev, and his Mongolian guide, Dersu Uzala.

Publisher: New York : Kino on Video, c2000
Edition: Deluxe letterboxed ed
Branch Call Number: DVD RUSSIAN Drama DERSU
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (140 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in
Alternate Title: Akira Kurosawa's Dersu Uzala


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«Дерсу́ Узала́» — советско-японский художественный фильм Акиры Куросавы, созданный в 1975 году по мотивам произведений В. К. Арсеньева.

Set at the turn of the twentieth century, the film tells the story of a Mongolian hermit living alone in Siberia, who is befriended by a Russian captain surveying the area. As a guide, Dersu displays an intimate knowledge of nature and survival, and the captain comes to recognize his rare gifts, ... Read More »

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Dec 05, 2014
  • Nursebob rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

In pre-revolutionary Siberia a team of Russian army surveyors cross paths with Dersu Uzala, an affable tribesman who decides to tag along, teaching them the practical ways of his people in the process and saving the commanding officer’s life more than once. A few years later the commander returns to the taiga and meets up with Dersu, now an old man with poor eyesight, and decides to bring him home. But the grizzled aboriginal is not prepared for the confusing world of 1910 Russian society and so makes a decision which will impact both his life and that of his old friend. Actually penned and directed by Japanese legend Akira Kurosawa, this ham-fisted and all-too-predictable “meeting of cultures” film tries in vain to pair the noble savage with his city-dwelling counterpart and fails on virtually every level. Like a retro Soviet propaganda film without the overt political grandstanding, Kurosawa combines gloriously overdone cinematography (the Kremlin must have loved those blazing red sunsets) with manufactured pathos and a script littered with colourful native aphorisms and then expects us to nod sagely as we compare the wise old ways with silly modern contrivances. Not sure how this earned its Best Foreign Film Oscar…was it a sympathy nod to Kurosawa whose own career was flailing at the time? Or was Hollywood just blowing kisses at Moscow?

Feb 04, 2012
  • kevfarley rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A Kuroarwa gem !! Beautiful and epic. Sometimes slowish,.. but totally worth it .

Sep 18, 2010
  • vertigo12314 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Great Kurosawa movie. Very moving.


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Nov 13, 2013

Фильм рассказывает об увлекательных путешествиях замечательного русского ученого и писателя В. Арсеньева. В центре повествования образ таежного охотника Дерсу Узала — мудрого, доброго и отважного человека, связанного с Арсеньевым искренней дружбой.


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