. . One of the greats of cinema, DERSU UZALA, by Akira Kurosawa (1975). A Russian army land survey Captain, his small unit of survey soldiers, and their indigenous guide, Dersu Uzala, traveling the Russian wilds by foot and horseback in the early 1900's. A story of human bonding, respect, admiration, learning from one another, and battling the elements. A few scenes: . . .