Dersu Uzala
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A few months after his notorious suicide attempt, Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa was regenerated by the notion of helming the first Russian/Japanese co-production. Co-scripted and directed by Kurosawa, Dersu Uzala is the story of an elderly guide and Goldi hunter (Maxim Munzuk), who, at the turn of the century, agrees to shepherd a Russian explorer (Yuri Solomin) and a troop of soldiers through the most treacherous passages of the Far East. The guide has been "one" with the land almost from birth, and is thus able to save his party from perishing. Four years in the making, Dersu… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75%

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"The episodes in this second part go on endlessly, loosely, obviously. They lack the revelations of the winter scenes and they do little but belabor at length the points already made. They wreck the film's balance and make its achievements dull."
‑ Richard Eder, New York Times
"To Arseniev, Dersu embodies something civilized men have lost… Neither can really understand the other — which is precisely what makes their friendship so special."
‑ Steven D. Greydanus, Decent Films Guide
"Beautifully photographed but far too isolated in its characterizations."
‑ Chuck Rudolph, Matinee Magazine
"a gorgeous looking and highly affecting adventure"
‑ Douglas Pratt, DVDLaser
"Every frame of Dersu Uzala is simply beautiful to look at. . . . Kurosawa's 140-minute masterpiece is a . . . quietly captivating experience."
‑ Brian Gibson, Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
"It's sweetly told and heartwarming, much like a Disney film, but not demanding much of the viewer."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Kurosawa's Russian epic is breathtakinging ambitious, if a bit didactic."
‑ Dan Lybarger, Nitrate Online
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