Directed by Akira Kurosawa
I watched this back when I was greedily viewing anything that Kurosawa was remotely involved in. This was certainly not what I expected. For one thing, the film is in Russian. There were also no wipe effects! Still, it is a great film. Kurosawa could direct an infomercial and I would be impressed.
Arseniev is the leader of an expedition troop and uses a nomadic tribesman named Dersu Uzala as a guide. Of course, he is looked down on as a crazy old man in the woods. But it quickly becomes clear that he isn't the clueless one.
That was a pretty shitty plot summary, but I felt like I would spoil it if I revealed anymore details. I won't give anything away, but the ending hit me pretty hard with the feels.
Of course this is a beautiful movie, since Kurosawa was involved. The relationship between Dersu and Arseniev has to go down as one of the greatest bromances of all time. And hey, now I can technically say that I found a Russian film I enjoy.
Only six members of his crew were Japanese.