About the Film

This Soviet-Japanese co-production was the winner of the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar in 1975. Furthermore, the film reinvigorated Kurosawa’s career, which was in shambles after the financial failure of “Dodes’ka den”. Kurosawa films the Siberian cold in the most horrendous fashion ever. The cold is actually an enemy, almost a physical presence, in front of which humans cannot do anything but stand in awe. In that fashion, Kurosawa depicts the effects of the physical world upon the individual, as he exemplifies male friendship.


The film revolves around the friendship of Arsenev, a Russian official in charge of an exploration in Siberia, and the titular character, a seasoned sherpa who acts as the mission’s guide.

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My name is Panos Kotzathanasis and I am Greek. Being a fan of Asian cinema and especially of Chinese kung fu and Japanese samurai movies since I was a little kid, I cultivated that love during my adolescence, to extend to the whole of SE Asia. Starting from my own blog in Greek, I then moved on to write for some of the major publications in Greece, and in a number of websites dealing with (Asian) cinema, such as Taste of Cinema, Hancinema, EasternKicks, Chinese Policy Institute, and of course, Asian Movie Pulse. in which I still continue to contribute. In the beginning of 2017, I launched my own website, Asian Film Vault, which I merged in 2018 with Asian Movie Pulse, creating the most complete website about the Asian movie industry, as it deals with almost every country from East and South Asia, and definitely all genres. You can follow me on Facebook and Twitter.