Set in the forests of Eastern Siberia at the turn of the century, it is a portrait of the friendship that grows between an aging hunter and a Russian surveyor. A romantic hymn to nature and the human spirit.
Speaking of the film in greater detail, Kurosawa said, “The relationship between human beings and nature is getting worse and worse…I wanted to have people all over the world know about this Soviet Asian character who lived in harmony with nature… I think people should be more humble toward nature because we are a part of it and we must become harmonized with it. If nature is destroyed, human beings will be destroyed too. So, we can learn a lot from Dersu,” (quoted in Donald Richie’s The Films of Akira Kurosawa).
Or, as the title character himself says in the film, “Man is very small before the face of nature.”
94% Audience score in Rotten Tomatoes
Dersu Uzala was the second Kurosawa film to earn an Academy Award. His 1950 film Rashomon won Best Foreign Language Film, and the director was awarded an honorary career-achievement Oscar in 1990.
This story of friendship will fill your heart.
Awareness Film Night
Wednesday May, 15th at 7:00pm at EMCS. Doors open at 6:30pm, Tickets by donation.