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Dersu Uzala (1975)

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Dersu Uzala
Dersu Uzala.jpg
Film Poster
Country Japan.jpg Japan
Directed by Akira Kurosawa
Release Date 1975
Language Russian
Studio Atelier 41
Daiei Studios
Main Cast
Character Actor
Dersu Uzala Maksim Munzuk
Captain Vladimir Arsenyev Yuriy Solomin

Dersu Uzala (rus. Дерсу Узала; jap. デルス・ウザーラ) is a 1975 Soviet-Japanese film, directed by Akira Kurosawa. It is based on memoirs of Vladimir Arsenyev, the Russian explorer of the Far East. Dersu Uzala, the native hunter and pathfinder, was a guide for Arsenyev's expeditions in 1902-1907, and they became close friends.

The following weapons were used in the film Dersu Uzala:


Nagant M1895

Captain Vladimir Arsenyev (Yuriy Solomin) carries a Nagant M1895 revolver that is seen mostly in holster.

Nagant M1895 Revolver - 7.62x38N
A small part of a grip with lanyard ring can be seen.
Arsenyev fires his Nagant in air, signalling to his men.


Winchester Model 1895

Captain Vladimir Arsenyev (Yuriy Solomin) is armed with a Winchester Model 1895 Russian Contract rifle. Jan Bao (Suymenkul Chokmorov), the leader of Chinese volonteers, and many of his men also carry Winchester Model 1895 rifles.

A Russian contract Model 1895 in 7.62x54 Russian. Note the loading bridge over the reciever
Captain Vladimir Arsenyev with a rifle
Arsenyev (at the left) holds his rifle.
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Arsenyev on the raft with his rifle.
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Arsenyev aims his rifle at a tiger.

Winchester Model 1895 Carbine

In the final scene Arsenyev gifts a Winchester Model 1895 Carbine to Dersu Uzala. The rifle is fitted with a fake underbarrel magazine, to make it look like as a Winchester Model 1892/Model 1894. This is presumably the same rifle, which earlier appears in the Businessmen (Delovye lyudi).

Winchester Model 1895 carbine - .30 Cal
For comparison: Winchester Model 1892 - .38-40
The rifle on the wall in Arsenyev's house.
Arsenyev gifts the rifle to Dersu Uzala. A loading bridge over the reciever can be seen, so this carbine must be a converted Russian contract full-length rifle.

Mosin Nagant M1891/30

Russian soldiers, members of Arsenyev's expeditions, are armed with Mosin Nagant M1891/30 rifles (standing for original M1891 rifles).

Full-length, Soviet Mosin Nagant M91/30 - 7.62x54mm R
A soldier cleans his rifle before rest.
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Russian soldier fires his rifle at a target...
...but misses.
Soldiers hold their rifles while Dersu Uzala examines the traces of honghuzi (Chinese brigands).
A soldier at the left carries a rifle.

Berdan Rifle

Dersu Uzala (Maksim Munzuk) is armed with a Berdan No.2 rifle. This gun matches the one that Dersu Uzala carried in real life.

Russian Berdan No.2 (M1870) Infantry rifle - 10.75x58mm R
Arsenyev with Winchester Model 1895 and Dersu Uzala with Berdan rifle.
Dersu Uzala with Berdan rifle (at the left).
Dersu Uzala takes aim with his rifle.
Arsenyev with Winchester Model 1895 and Dersu Uzala with Berdan during the encounter with a tiger.
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Dersu Uzala with his rifle during the encounter with a tiger.
Dersu Uzala aims at an elk.


Double Barreled Shotgun

A Double Barreled Shotgun is briefly seen in Arsenyev's house.

A double barreled shotgun is seen on the wall next to Winchester Model 1895 Carbine.


During the final scene (set in 1908), a pristav (chief of local police in Russian Empire) (Daniil Netrebin) carries a holster for Luger P08 thought it seems to be empty.

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