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

Looking for something?

Yes, a grave.

No one's had time to die here yet.

You can see there is no graveyard.

This was a long time ago.

Actually, not such a long time.

Nearly three years.

I buried a friend here.

A friend.

Huge trees stood here.

A cedar and a fir tree.

Remember them?

Probably chopped down

when the settlement was built.

Could it be those?


In the islands, the hunter

Roams all day long

But no luck for him

And he curses himself

What's he going to do

How is he to serve

He cannot be cheerful

So what

He'll try to aim better

So the hunter goes

To warmer waters

Where the fish were frolicking

In the beautiful weather

There on the shore

That year...

my assignment was

to go to the Shkotovo area...

in the Ussurii region...

to make a topographic survey.

Sometimes mountains and forests

look cheerful and attractive.

At other times,

they seem sullen and wild.

This isn't just my own feeling.

All the men in the unit

share this feeling.

With God's help,

we will spend the night here.

And tomorrow,

we'll find a more cheerful place.

Very well.

We'll halt here for the night.

Yes, we'll stay here for the night.

That valley reminded me...

of Walpurgis Night...

a place where witches

would gather for their Sabbath.

What's that?

A falling rock.

Is someone coming down?

It's a bear!

Please to not shoot!

Me are people!

Hello, Captain.

Look. A man.

You said it was a bear.

Won't you join us?


I am very hungry.

Nothing to eat today.

Who are you?

A Chinese?

A Korean?

No. Me is Goldi.

A hunter?

Me hunt all the time.

No other job.

Where do you live?

Not have home.

Build a shack and sleep,

and living like in a home.

No luck today?

Today shoot at stag.

Me not hurt him much.

Stag run away.

Me follow after it.

Me see people tracks.

Me go slow.

Me think:

''What kind of people

so far in the hills?''

Me look close.

See Captain, soldiers.

So me come here quick.

Why did you miss the stag

if you're such a good hunter?

You never miss?

We're soldiers.

We're not supposed to miss.

You great hunter, shoot all beasts...

we don't have anything to eat.

Hey, you!

Enough babble!

Well, well.

Here. Now you can babble.

My name is Arseniev.

What's yours?

Dersu Uzala.

How old are you?

I don't know well.

Me live a long, long time.

Do you have a family?

They all die long ago.

Before, I had a wife...

son and girl.

The smallpox finish all people.

Now me left alone.

Look, Dersu.

We are surveying this area-

the ranges, passes and rivers.

Will you be our guide?

Necessary me think.

Stop it.

Well, think it over.

Now, let's go to sleep.

The next day,

without saying a word...

Dersu took his place

at the head of our squad.

There is a road here.

- A road!

- Come here! There's a road!

What's there?

This road two, three days before,

one people come.

Then rain come.

These people Chinese.

Where did you get that?

How you not understand?

Look well!

He wear Chinese boots.

Water in his tracks.

You the same as children.

Eyes not see.

You live in the forest, die soon.


Let's go!

Let's go!

Soon we find shack.

How do you know?


Strip bark.

Make roof.

The rain-soaked ashes...

the bed of grass...

and a discarded piece

of Chinese fabric...

all confirmed Dersu's words.

Obviously, a Chinese spent the night

a couple of days ago.

Did you see that?



Rice, salt, matches, give some.

What do you need it for?

Rice, salt, matches.

Wrap in birch bark, put in shack.

You plan to return?

Why return?

Other people come.

Find dry wood.

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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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