93/100 (Neden bu kadar geç izledim diye film bitişinde kendime sordum. Ne kadar mükemmel ne kadar doğal bir film bu. Dersu'nun söylediği gibi tabiat gerçek bir canlı ve söylediklerimizi duyuyor. Dersu ve ona benzer insanların içindeki saflık temizlik hissini hissettiğimiz gibi doğa da bizim niyetimizi hissediyor. Captain Fantastic, Mandıra Filozofu vs 'nin yönetmenleri keşke bu filmi dikkatlice izleselerdi ! )
I think there's a tendency to overrate this film because it's directed by Kurosawa. It was too long and the characters and their relationships are very underdeveloped. I was constantly being told how amazing Dersu is and how close he is with the captain; but I didn' actually see it. That's awful for a movie that has in its center precisely these two aspects. It felt very antiseptic.
Subtle story and characters, all beautifully restrained with almost no close up. And awesome restrictive photography--often what we don't see leads to more tension and drama! There are many leitmotifs of restricted vision in this story, which I am still pondering about--how they function allegorically. It seems if more close-ups were used this film would register as melodrama. Without them it is more powerful.
It will be difficult to find in recent cinema an example of such lyrical pantheism, simultaneously concrete, unless we travel to the pioneering cinema of Swedish filmmakers Sjöström and Stiller and some American and Russian classic films. From a filmmaker who contributed to the modernity of Japanese cinema, it's amazing to watch this human cut in such spatiality - which was also a paradigm of the new Japanese cinema.