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Mongol

  • 2007
  • Sergei Bodrov
  • 120 mins
  • 15

Summary

Historical drama about the early life of Genghis Khan, starring Tadanobu Asano. After his father is murdered by a rival tribe, a young boy endures years of hardship, but he also learns what it takes to be a great leader and a fearless warrior.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

This sweeping historical drama is the first part of director Sergei Bodrov's planned trilogy about Temudjin, alias Genghis Khan, the 12th-century Mongol who rose from the humblest of beginnings to become ruler of a mighty empire. Beautifully filmed on location in Mongolia, China and Kazakhstan, it's the grand and enthralling tale of the legendary warrior's early life, his rise to power and his relationship with wife Borte. Japanese actor Tadanobu Asano gives a fine performance in the lead, but there's little insight here into the reasons behind his quest for world domination, and some doubts about the film's historical accuracy. Nominated for an Oscar for best foreign language film, this is an old-fashioned epic with enough blood in the numerous battle scenes to entertain those who value action over authenticity.

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Credits

Cast

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TemudjinTadanobu Asano
JamukhaSun Honglei
BorteKhulan Chuluun
Young TemudjinOdnyam Odsuren
OelunAliya
Young BorteBayertsetseg Erdenebat
CharkhuTegen Ao
MerchantYing Bai
TodoenBao Di
MonkSun Ben Hou
Tangut garrison chiefZhang Jiong

Crew

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DirectorSergei Bodrov

Details

Theatrical distributor
The Works
Released on
2008-06-06
Languages
Mongolian
Guidance
Contains violence.
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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