Japanese director Akira Kurosawa went to Siberia to make this 1975 film, produced in association with the Russian film industry. The title character, a woodsman who leads a Soviet surveying party through the uncharted wilderness he calls home, is used as a vehicle for some familiar ideas about nature and civilization, though they gather force from Kurosawa's long-held antisocial convictions. The point of view—naive, awestruck—is presented well, although the wilderness footage isn't all it could be. The ghastly Sovcolor drains too much of the beauty, and Kurosawa's wide-screen compositions are curiously cramped. With Maxim Munzuk and Yuri Solomine. In Russian with subtitles.
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