I finally got to watch this film after I had some trouble with the subs a couple of months ago. Finally get to watch another film by my favourite director, after almost a year. And it’s brilliant.
Dersu Uzala might be, visually, the most beautiful movie in Kurosawa’s filmography. The way he uses colour, composition, and movement is masterful. Here he creates some of the most gorgeous shots I’ve seen from him, and that’s saying a lot.
The story is also one of the most beautiful stories he has told (after Ikiru), where he shows a couple of expeditions through Russian forests while focusing on the growing friendship between the captain and Dersu. Their relationship is really convincing thanks to a dialogue that keep a consistent character for both of them and the solid acting.
Benjo you were right, this was well worth the couple of hours it lasts.