Dersu Uzala

Synopsis: 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.
Director(s): Akira Kurosawa
Production: Nelson Entertainment
  Won 1 Oscar. Another 7 wins.
Rotten Tomatoes:
142 min

Find food. Not die.


Bring matches, rice and salt.

At your command.

This Goldi filled me

with admiration.

He had amazing insight...

acquired during his long life

in the forest.

Besides, he had a beautiful soul.

He provided for the needs

of a person he didn't know...

and probably wouldn't ever see.

Dersu, let's wait

until the rain stops.

Time to get ready.

Listen good.

Birds are starting to sing.

Rain soon stop.

Sun is coming out.

Dersu, do you know what the sun is?

Everyone knows the sun.

Could be that

you've never seen the sun?

Look, there it is.


Sun is the most important men.

This men die, all die.

And this is another important men.

This is bad men. Shout.

If one listens to you,

everything around are men.

Look. All is men.

Water alive.

Well, you said it.

Is fire alive too?

Yes, fire is still men.

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.

The first snow fell that day.

- Why shoot?

- Just for fun.

- Step back, Dersu.

- Waste bullets, bad.

What waste? We're soldiers.

We're practicing.

- Screw it!

- Seryoga drank too much.

Let me try. Taras!

What a shot!


What the hell?

It's harder than

bringing down a flying bird.

Good shooter not miss.

Go ahead, old man.

Try it yourself.

Why shoot and smash? Why break?

Where in forest you find bottle?

Are you trying to

worm your way out of it?

Just admit you won't hit it.

Me not shoot at bottle.

Me shoot at rope.

Bottle fall down,

you give me bottle.

Hit the rope?

Go ahead.

It's yours if you hit the rope,

and I will fill it with vodka.

Go, Marchenko!


What a man!

He certainly put one over

on you, Olentiev!

Get ready to set out, men.

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Akira Kurosawa

After training as a painter (he storyboards his films as full-scale paintings), Kurosawa entered the film industry in 1936 as an assistant director, eventually making his directorial debut with Sanshiro Sugata (1943). Within a few years, Kurosawa had achieved sufficient stature to allow him greater creative freedom. Drunken Angel (1948)--"Drunken Angel"--was the first film he made without extensive studio interference, and marked his first collaboration with Toshirô Mifune. In the coming decades, the two would make 16 movies together, and Mifune became as closely associated with Kurosawa's films as was John Wayne with the films of Kurosawa's idol, John Ford. After working in a wide range of genres, Kurosawa made his international breakthrough film Rashomon (1950) in 1950. It won the top prize at the Venice Film Festival, and first revealed the richness of Japanese cinema to the West. The next few years saw the low-key, touching Ikiru (1952) (Living), the epic Seven Samurai (1954), the barbaric, riveting Shakespeare adaptation Throne of Blood (1957), and a fun pair of samurai comedies Yojimbo (1961) and Sanjuro (1962). After a lean period in the late 1960s and early 1970s, though, Kurosawa attempted suicide. He survived, and made a small, personal, low-budget picture with Dodes'ka-den (1970), a larger-scale Russian co-production Dersu Uzala (1975) and, with the help of admirers Francis Ford Coppola and George Lucas, the samurai tale Kagemusha (1980), which Kurosawa described as a dry run for Ran (1985), an epic adaptation of Shakespeare's "King Lear." He continued to work into his eighties with the more personal Dreams (1990), Rhapsody in August (1991) and Maadadayo (1993). Kurosawa's films have always been more popular in the West than in his native Japan, where critics have viewed his adaptations of Western genres and authors (William Shakespeare, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Maxim Gorky and Evan Hunter) with suspicion - but he's revered by American and European film-makers, who remade Rashomon (1950) as The Outrage (1964), Seven Samurai (1954), as The Magnificent Seven (1960), Yojimbo (1961), as A Fistful of Dollars (1964) and The Hidden Fortress (1958), as Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977). more…

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