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A military explorer meets and befriends a Goldi man in Russia’s unmapped forests. A deep and abiding bond evolves between the two men, one civilized in the usual sense, the other at home in the glacial Siberian woods.
I often wonder how religious beliefs evolve. Maybe I've spoken of this before, but I like to think about the genesis of superstitions and so on, and when I hear of an interesting one, I linger on it a bit. In this film, the titular character believes that his god will punish him for shooting a tiger. He has many interesting beliefs about nature and divinity and their connection, but this one stood out because this is what I know about tigers: they are bad ass. There's a lot of chatter about what animal is the most dangerous and whatnot, but there's a reason tigers feature as an unstoppable villain in Kipling's stories, and there's a reason men used to…
"Man is too small to face the vastness of nature."
Dersu Uzala is a very odd film for Akira Kurosawa. Not only does it not take place in Japan, but the language spoken is not Japanese. It takes place in the wilderness of Russia (so they speak Russian). Apparently the film is based on real events. The acting is great, the direction is as well and the cinematography is absolutely stunning. Honestly there were times during the film where I was in awe at the beauty of some of the shots in this film. Its truly one of the most amazing looking films ever made. I loved the relationship between the two leads and the themes of nature and survival. Overall despite being nothing like Kurosawa's other work, Dersu Uzala is still a very good film. 8/10
Watching this movie I was reminded of a poem called Wanderlust I had studied in school. It makes one want to pack their bags and travel to new places.Friendship is a key theme between two men of different backgrounds.Goes on my re watch list.
An unexpectedly gentle film from Kurosawa. And I wouldn't suggest that that should come as a surprise, since despite his popular reputation for action, you could make a good argument that his finest film is also devoid of such thrills(Ikiru, in case you're wondering).
So this film doesn't so much reveal anything new about the master, as much as it continues to confirm that there was really nothing he couldn't do.
The film is pretty long, considering the fact that it doesn't seem to have enough material to warrant a nearly two and a half hour running time. Aside from the title character, the main character is Captain Arseniev (Solomin), a mapmaker on a topographic expedition, surveying an area of Russian wilderness, circa 1902. He is joined by a troop of men and together, the group happen upon Dersu Uzala (Munzuk), a little, old Goldi tribesman who agrees to show the mapmaker around, be his guide. The group, being led by Dersu, wander around the wilderness doing a whole lot of nothing. At the film's most interesting sequence, a vicious storm threatens the life of Captain Arseniev and Dersu, who have…
A real outlier in Kurosawa's filmography, the only one of his films to be shot in 70mm and feature no Japanese actors, Dersu Uzala is rather like a Soviet Disney film, a wilderness survival adventure about the deepening friendship and respect between two men from different cultures. A masculine story from the most masculine of directors (seriously one of my top 5 favorite directors, but it's fairly easy to criticize his portrayal of women), Dersu Uzala nevertheless finds the director in a sentimental and contemplative mode, perhaps because this was shot only a few months after his infamous suicide attempt. While there is a real epic feel and some amazing compositions, this still feels like a minor work, accessible but inessential.
Kurosawa always cuts to the core of human nature with his elegant and poignant storytelling. Dersu Uzala is no exception; a beautiful, breathtaking adventure.
"How can man live in a box?"
Kurosawa's first non-Japanese language and only 70mm film is a spectacular epic adventure film set in the early 20th century Siberia. As a Russian army unit surveys the land, the captain befriends a local mountain man who becomes their guide. In wonderful color and scale, the majority of the shots are set in natural landscape.
Kurosawa had recently attempted suicide, and this was a departure from his traditional form of production due to mostly Soviet backing. While the film has quite a long run-time, Kurosawa keeps the viewer entertained visually and invests you in the close friendship that evolves over the years. The end is sad but meaningful. A truly heartfelt and endearing epic, this film without a doubt one of Kurosawa's most overlooked films.
Dos cosas que me encantaron de Derzu Uzala:
uno. Construye un ecosistema completo y agrega elementos de civilización dentro de ese ecosistema. Por ejemplo, la decisión de no matar al tigre para evitar el castigo de los dioses proviene de una regla en su religión, pero también de la lógica de no pelear contra un tigre por que el tigre tiene ventaja y estás en su territorio. Hay un entendimiento racional a cada acción de Derzu y a través de ese entendimiento comprendemos por que es capaz de vivir en condiciones que para otros resultan difíciles.
dos. Y no solo vemos el entendimiento, vemos el procedimiento, por lo que nuestra perspectiva va cambiando conforme vemos una escena y vemos a…
Slow but rewarding film, on human relationships and relation to nature
Great movie from Kurosawa I always wanted to watch again.
"A must" to watch movie
Kurosawa has done it again. One of the most beautifully shot movies of all time.
Directed by Kurosawa in the U.S.S.R. for the Mosfilm studio, and filmed in truly harsh environment of Russia's Far East. It is based on the autobiographical record of Russian explorer Vladimir Arseniev, detailing his expeditions into the wilderness to conduct topographical surveys in the course of which he meets and befriends a nomadic Goldi hunter, Dersu Uzala.
At first, the Russian team think Dersu is uneducated and risible, but he quickly demonstrates great knowledge about the natural environment and enormous skill in the techniques required to live in such an unforgiving environment. Arseniev is particularly impressed that Dersu, preparing to leave a hut they have sheltered in, is leaving food and fuel for someone who may come later - someone…
Dersu Uzala doesn't feel like a Kurosawa film and I don't think that it has anything to do with the fact that the film is made in the Russian language. Dersu Uzala felt like it was lacking the edge and energy that most films of his do. In some ways, this film lacks some of the essential trademarks of the director that we have all grown to know and love. But, that does not mean that it is a bad film either. It just becomes a very interesting one.
Honestly, the best thing about this film is the cinematography and the stunning shots of the Russian wilderness that are perfectly framed and just look insanely beautiful. This film is as…
Late career gem from Kurosawa. I wish I could have watched it on an actual screen instead of my shitty laptop screen but so it goes.
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