Video Review

Dersu Uzula (1994)

MPAA Rating: Unrated
EW's GRADE
A

Details Movie Rated: Unrated; Genres: Action/Adventure, Foreign Language; With: Maxim Munzuk and Yuri Solomin

The pitiless, letterboxed landscapes of Siberia provide most of the drama in Akira Kurosawa's stirring tale of survival and friendship amid nature's naked splendor and fury. Yuri Solomin plays a military surveyor who befriends the titular Mongolian hunter and guide (Maxim Munzuk), whose limited contact with the civilized world has left him with an innocence that fascinates the soldier. When not a rousing action-adventure, Dersu Uzula becomes both a portrait of and an elegy to spiritual purity. A

Originally posted Aug 19, 1994 Published in issue #236 Aug 19, 1994 Order article reprints