Dersu Uzala
Dersu Uzala (1975)

This film is the near-poetic story of an elderly guide and gold hunter (Maxim Munzuk). At the turn of the century, Munzuk agreed to shepherd a Russian explorer and a troop of soldiers through the most treacherous passages of Siberia. The… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: August 2, 1975
DVD Release Date: October 17, 2000
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Critic Score: 69% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Richard Eder
New York Times

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.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It's sweetly told and heartwarming, much like a Disney film, but not demanding much of the viewer.

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Dan Lybarger
Nitrate Online

Kurosawa's Russian epic is breathtakinging ambitious, if a bit didactic.

Gary Arnold
Washington Post

Reflects a decline in dramatic power and a doting, futile taste in sentimental hero-worship.

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Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide

To Arseniev, Dersu embodies something civilized men have lost… Neither can really understand the other — which is precisely what makes their friendship so special.

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Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine

Beautifully photographed but far too isolated in its characterizations.

Douglas Pratt

a gorgeous looking and highly affecting adventure

Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

Every frame of Dersu Uzala is simply beautiful to look at. . . . Kurosawa's 140-minute masterpiece is a . . . quietly captivating experience.

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Flixster Audience Score: 94% Flixster User Reviews
danny d
the ultimate man vs. wild. bear grills has nothing on dersu uzala. another of the many absolute masterpieces by kurosawa, this film is possibly the best man… More
Anthony Valletta
Great story, well told.
Byron Brubaker
Simple but powerful. Captain Arseniev is looking for a grave on a construction site in 1910. Flashback to 1902 when he and a group of soldiers are on a… More
Kyle Meisch
This is a good film about an endearing friendship. The captain and Dersu are both likable, and the film hosts some impressive visuals. All in all, good… More