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Dersu Uzala

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Tookey's Rating
5 /10
Average Rating
7.33 /10
Maxim Munzuk, Yuri Solomine, Schemeiki Chokmorov
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Directed by: Akira Kurosawa
Written by: Akira Kurosawa, Yuri Nagibin, from Vladimir Arseniev's journals

Released: 1975
Genre: DRAMA
Origin: USSR/ Japan
Colour: C
Length: 140

A hunter (Maksim Munzuk) helps a young Russian officer (Yuri Solomin) make a topographical survey of some Russian forests in 1902.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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Kurosawa's epic is about an apparently primitive man who's more in tune with his Siberian environment than the "sophisticated" people who patronise him. The film exemplifies the weaknesses of Kurosawa's later output - a plodding pace, a facile environmentalism, and a tendency to lecture long after the point has been made - but it's wonderful to look at. One further caveat: it needs to be seen on the big screen.

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