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Under Northern Lights (Pod severnym siyaniyem)

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Under Northern Lights
Under Aurora
Pod severnym siyaniyem
Orora no shita de
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Japanese DVD cover
Country Japan.jpg Japan
Directed by Petras Abukiavicus
Toshio Gotô
Sergei Vronsky
Release Date 1990
Language Russian, Japanese
Studio Asahi Television News
Kobushi Productions
Main Cast
Character Actor
Arseniy Andrei Boltnev
Genzo Tamiya Kôji Yakusho
Anna Marina Zudina
Lezhnev Nikita Mikhalkov
Kulagin Anatoli Romashin
Niyako Maksim Munzuk
Ume Suzuki Junko Sakurada

Under Northern Lights (Rus: Под северным сиянием; Pod severnym siyaniyem) aka Under Aurora (Jap: オーロラの下で; Orora no shita de) is a cooperative 1990 Soviet-Japanese movie, directed by Petras Abukiavicus, Toshio Gotô, and Sergei Vronsky. Set in the Russian and Japanese Empires between 1912 and 1917, the film tells the story of the life and friendship of Japanese hunter Genzo Tamiya (Kôji Yakusho), his Russian friend Arseniy (Andrei Boltnev), and Arseniy's tamed wolf Buran. This movie was filmed in Siberia and Japan, by a Soviet-Japanese cast and crew and is bilingual.

The following weapons were used in the film Under Northern Lights (Pod severnym siyaniyem):


Russian Nagant M1895

A Russian police chief (Yuriy Plotnikov) briefly draws a Russian Nagant M1895. It's seen only in darkness.

Nagant M1895 Revolver - 7.62x38R Nagant. This example was dated 1939 manufacture and was a War time issued weapon. Note the angular front sight which was used from 1930s.
The chief of police draws his revolver.
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Unknown Handgun

A Japanese military policeceman (Guts Ishimatsu) carries an unknown handgun that's only seen in a holster.

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12 Gauge Double Barreled Shotgun

Alyosha (Zhanat 'Zhan' Baizhanbayev) fires a 12 Gauge Double Barreled Shotgun in the film's beginning. Later, this gun appears in the hands of Arseniy (Andrei Boltnev). Various hunters, including Lezhnev (Nikita Mikhalkov) fire 12 Gauge Double Barreled Shotguns while hunting. A store owner (Vladimir Kuznetsov) briefly holds a 12 Gauge Double Barreled Shotgun at one moment. A few Double Barreled Shotgun can be seen at the store along with unknown rifles.

J. Stevens and Company Side by Side Shotgun (Circa 1878) exposed hammers and designed to fire Black Powder shotgun shells - 12 gauge
Alyosha (Zhanat 'Zhan' Baizhanbayev) with the shotgun.
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Alyosha (Zhanat 'Zhan' Baizhanbayev) fires. Note the muzzle flash coming out of only one barrel; a nice detail.
Arseniy (Andrei Boltnev) grabs Alyosha's shotgun.
A shotgun on the table.
A hunter with the shotgun slung over his shoulder.
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Lezhnev (Nikita Mikhalkov) fires.
The store owner (Vladimir Kuznetsov) with the shotgun.
Several shotguns in the sore.
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Murata Rifle

Genzo Tamiya (Kôji Yakusho) carries a Murata Rifle throughout the movie in Japan and Russian Siberia. At one moment, his rifle briefly appears in the hands of Arseniy (Andrei Boltnev).

Murata converted Rifle.
Close view of the Murata bolt.
Genzo Tamiya (Kôji Yakusho) aims.
Genzo Tamiya (Kôji Yakusho) with the rifle on his back.
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Closer view of the bolt.
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Genzo Tamiya (Kôji Yakusho) fires while hunting in Japan.
Genzo Tamiya (Kôji Yakusho) with the rifle slung over his shoulder.

Winchester Model 1895

A Winchester Model 1895 is the personal firearm of Arseniy (Andrei Boltnev). In the finale, this rifle is used by Genzo Tamiya (Kôji Yakusho).

Winchester Model 1895 - .30 Cal - Commercial Version with a few very slight differences between it and the military version.
Arseniy (Andrei Boltnev) carries his rifle.
The rifle hanging on a wall.
Genzo Tamiya (Kôji Yakusho) fires.
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Genzo Tamiya (Kôji Yakusho) aims.

Mosin Nagant Rifle

Old Evenk Niyako (Maksim Munzuk) brings a few Mosin Nagant Rifles. In archival footage, Bolshevik rebels carry Mosin Nagant Rifles.

Full-length, Imperial Russian Mosin Nagant M1891 - 7.62x54mm R
Rifles on a mat.
Bolsheviks with the rifles in archival footage.

Arisaka Type 38

Japanese soldiers carry Arisaka Type 38s during the invasion of the Russian Far East.

Arisaka Type 38 rifle - 6.5x50mmSR Arisaka
A Japanese soldier with the rifle.
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Unknown Rifles

At the store, a few unknown rifles were seen along with Double Barreled Shotguns. A few unknown rifles are also seen in the night scene.

Rifles in the store.
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A few rifles in the darkness.

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