Most Popular Kazakh-Language Feature Films


1. Nomad: The Warrior (2005)

R | 112 min | Drama, History, War

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49 Metascore

An historical epic set in 18th-century Kazakhstan, where a young man is destined to unite the country's three warring tribes.

Directors: Sergey Bodrov, Ivan Passer | Stars: Kuno Becker, Jason Scott Lee, Jay Hernandez, Doskhan Zholzhaksynov

Votes: 3,342 | Gross: $0.08M

2. Tulpan (2008)

100 min | Comedy, Drama

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88 Metascore

On the steppes of Kazakhstan, Asa lives in a yurt with his sister Samal, her husband Ondas, and their three children. Ondas is a herdsman, tough and strong. It's dry, dusty, and windy; too ... See full summary »

Director: Sergei Dvortsevoy | Stars: Askhat Kuchencherekov, Tolepbergen Baisakalov, Samal Yeslyamova, Ondas Besikbasov

Votes: 2,634 | Gross: $0.16M

3. Zhauzhürek myng bala (2012)

90 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.6
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A universal story about the freedom of the human spirit and the struggle against slavery and despotism, about love, loss and betrayal. It is seen through the eyes of simple Kazakh kids and teenagers.

Director: Akan Satayev | Stars: Asylkhan Tolypov, Ayan Utepbergen, Kuralai Anabekova, Tlektes Meiramov

Votes: 563

4. The Old Man (2012)

102 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

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This is a survival story - a Hemingway's 'Old Man and the Sea' as if written for our days.

Director: Ermek Tursunov | Stars: Ondas Besikbasov, Erbulat Toguzakov

Votes: 309

5. Ranenyy angel (2016)

113 min | Drama

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Director: Emir Baigazin | Stars: Omar Adilov, Timur Aidarbekov, Madiyar Aripbay, Anzara Barlykova

Votes: 46

6. Reketir (2007)

80 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.1
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Story of a man named Sayan, that had to live through harsh 1990's and make tough decisions.

Director: Akan Satayev | Stars: Aidar Mukhametzhanov, Saken Aminov, Tolepbergen Baisakalov, Zhan Baizhanbayev

Votes: 286

7. Harmony Lessons (2013)

120 min | Drama

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Lonely Kazakh teenager Aslan is bullied at his new school. He prepares himself for a bloody revenge on the school bully Bolat.

Director: Emir Baigazin | Stars: Timur Aidarbekov, Aslan Anarbayev, Mukhtar Andassov, Anelya Adilbekova

Votes: 637

8. La voix des steppes (2014)

93 min | Drama, Music, Mystery

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A little boy Anatole lives in 1960s in the steppe in Kazakhstan with his parents-archaeologists. One day he witnesses the accidental death of his brother, this drama traumatizes the boy so ... See full summary »

Directors: Gérard Depardieu, Yermek Shinarbayev | Stars: Gérard Depardieu, Berik Aitzhanov, Natalie Dessay

Votes: 5

9. Ulzhan (2007)

105 min | Drama

6.9
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Somewhere in the endless steppes of Central Asia lies a treasure. One man holds the key to it, a fragment of an ancient map. But in his restless quest, Charles isn't looking for fame or ... See full summary »

Director: Volker Schlöndorff | Stars: Philippe Torreton, Ayanat Ksenbai, David Bennent, Maximilien Muller

Votes: 488

10. The Last Cold Days (1993)

70 min | Drama

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Directors: Bulat Iskakov, Bolat Kalymbetov | Stars: Kseniya Baranova, Vitali Gusev, Nariman Bekturov, Vasili Galganov

11. Vokaldy paralelder (2005)

65 min | Drama

7.4
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Director: Rustam Khamdamov | Star: Renata Litvinova

Votes: 76

12. Stranger (2015)

Drama

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Yermek Tursunov (Kelin, The Old Man) completes his trilogy about Kazakh identity, in which an orphaned young boy takes to the mountains and lives among a pack of wolves in the days before WWII.

Director: Ermek Tursunov | Stars: Mikhail Karpov, Roza Khayrullina, Erzhan Nurymbet

Votes: 22

13. Crash Test Aglaé (2016)

Comedy | Post-production

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Director: Eric Gravel | Stars: Frédérique Bel, Adil Hussain, Julie Depardieu, Yolande Moreau

14. Student (2012)

90 min | Drama

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63 Metascore

A solitary philosophy student steers his directionless life toward a violent crime, spurred on by a post-Soviet order characterized by growing inequality, institutional corruption and a ... See full summary »

Director: Darezhan Omirbayev | Stars: Ermek Ahmetov, Erkebulan Almanov, Amangeldy Aytaly, Nurlan Bajtasov

Votes: 158

15. Gibel Otrara (1991)

176 min | Drama, History, War

7.3
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Director: Ardak Amirkulov | Stars: Dokhdurbek Kydyraliyev, Tungyshpai Zhamankulov, Bolot Beyshenaliev, Abdurashid Makhsudov

Votes: 81

16. Beyond the Steppes (2010)

90 min | Drama

6.4
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"Beyond the steppes" tells the story of a woman's forced journey to the steppes of Central Asia.

Director: Vanja d'Alcantara | Stars: Agnieszka Grochowska, Aleksandra Justa, Tatiana Tarskaya, Borys Szyc

Votes: 133

17. The Gift to Stalin (2008)

97 min | Drama

7.2
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57 Metascore

A Jewish child deported to Kazakhstan is saved and adopted by Kasym, an old Kazakh railway-man. Kasym gives him a Kazakh name, Sabyr, that in Kazakh language means humble. The child grows ... See full summary »

Director: Rustem Abdrashev | Stars: Nurzhuman Ikhtymbaev, Bakhtiar Khoja, Yekaterina Rednikova, Dalen Shintemirov

Votes: 198

18. Kniga legend: Tainstvennyy les (2012)

105 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

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Bakha and Takha are the sons of a well-known businessman who are really into adventures and surprises. Once, the boys come across a story about the Queen of the Turkic Amazons who needs ... See full summary »

Director: Akhat Ibraev | Stars: Daulet Abdigapar, Farkhad Abdraimov, Dinmukhamet Akhimov, Zhan Baizhanbayev

19. Taraz (2016)

82 min | Drama

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Director: Nurtas Adambay | Stars: Nurtas Adambaev, Yerkebulan Daiyrov, Assan Mazhit

20. Native Dancer (2008)

87 min | Drama, Fantasy

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Aidai the baksy, or witch doctor, lives in the mountains and helps people. She uses mysterious actions to cure the sick and to give infertile couples children. As capitalist forces begin to... See full summary »

Director: Gulshat Omarova | Stars: Neisipkul Omarbekova, Farkhad Amankulov, Almat Ayanov, Tolepbergen Baisakalov

Votes: 179

21. Reketir 2: Vozmezdie (2015)

Action, Crime, Drama

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Director: Akan Satayev | Stars: Farkhad Abdraimov, Maxim Akbarov, Satybaldy Azamat, Zhan Baizhanbayev

Votes: 73

22. Late Love (2010)

Comedy

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Director: Sabit Kurmanbekov | Stars: Natalya Arinbasarova, Gérard Depardieu, Nurzhuman Ikhtymbaev, Bolat Kalymbetov

Votes: 6

23. Eagle Hunter's Son (2009)

90 min | Drama, Family

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Twelve-year-old Bazarbai is unlike other Nomad boys his age. He dreams of leaving behind the green pastures of his native Western Mongolian province, lured instead by the call of the urban ... See full summary »

Director: René Bo Hansen | Stars: Bazarbai Matei, Serikbai Khulan, Mardan Matei, Asilbek Badelkhan

Votes: 119

24. My Sinful Angel (2012)

Romance

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The hardships encountered by Aisha, a young Kazakh singer, whose dream is to sing in Paris.

Director: Talgat Temenov | Stars: Gérard Depardieu, Talgat Temenov

Votes: 5

25. Last Holiday (1996)

Drama

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May Day in Alma Ata, 1979. Valera, Karim and Jacob are a crew of hard-partying, drug-taking teenagers looking for kicks during their spring holiday, and they break into the bar at the ... See full summary »

Director: Amir Karakulov

Votes: 13

26. Chouga (2007)

91 min | Drama

7.3
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Director: Darezhan Omirbayev | Stars: Aidos Sagatov, Alnur Turgambayeva

Votes: 36

27. Toll Bar (2015)

Drama

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Rauan works at a parking lot in a prestigious residential area. Aidar passes him daily in his luxurious car. The auto belongs to his father, who works in the oil business. Rauan and Aidar ... See full summary »

Director: Zhasulan Poshanov | Stars: Yerkebulan Daiyrov, Azat Zhumadil, Didar Kaden, Elina Shakeeva

28. Kairat (1992)

72 min | Drama

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Living in Almaty, Kazakhstan, a young man is preparing to become a bus conductor. One day, in between wandering the city streets, and going to the movies, he makes the acquaintance of a female student.

Director: Darezhan Omirbayev | Stars: Samat Beysenbin, Baljan Bisembekova, Indira Jeksembaeva, Kariat Mahmetov

Votes: 179

29. The Road (2001)

85 min

6.9
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A film director takes to the road on a trip to visit his sick mother and we follow his thoughts and human encounters along the way.

Director: Darezhan Omirbayev | Stars: Jamshed Usmonov, Saule Toktybayeva, Alnur Turgambayeva, Magjane Omirbayev

Votes: 91

30. Walnut Tree (2015)

81 min | Comedy

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A young couple from southern Kazakhstan plan to get married. But according to the local tradition, the groom ought to steal the future bride.

Director: Yerlan Nurmukhambetov | Stars: Balnur Asyl, Asylbek Musabekov, Rustem Zhaniyamanov, Nurzhan Zhumanov

31. Don't Cry (2003)

80 min | Drama

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the story of a Chinese-trained opera singer living in a remote Kazakh village with her grandmother and her ailing young niece. The bulk of the action consists of the steadfast heroine ... See full summary »

Director: Amir Karakulov

Votes: 6

32. Vozvrashchenie v 'A' (2011)

Drama, War

5.6
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Director: Egor Konchalovskiy | Stars: Farkhad Abdraimov, Nurullo Abdullayev, Daniyar Ahmetov, Berik Aitzhanov

Votes: 13

33. Mother's Paradise (2011)

82 min | Drama

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Director: Aktan Arym Kubat | Stars: Natalya Arinbasarova, Olga Landina, Mikhail Zhigalov

Votes: 11

34. Flags Over Berlin (2017)

Action, Drama, History | Pre-production

Flags over Berlin' is the story of one of the most important intelligence missions of the World War II. British T-Force major Mark Spencer must go to the besieged Berlin in late April 1945 ... See full summary »

Director: Akhat Ibraev

35. Kardiogramma (1995)

75 min | Drama

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Director: Darezhan Omirbayev | Stars: Baurzhan Akhmetov, Zhasulan Asauov, Asil Badayev, Almas Bekgullayev

Votes: 104

36. Tale of a Pink Hare (2010)

106 min | Drama

6.6
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Director: Farkhat Sharipov | Stars: Anuar Nurpeisov, Maxim Akbarov, Sanzhar Madiyev, Karlygash Mukhamedzhanova

Votes: 116

37. Golubinyj zvonar (1994)

70 min

7.4
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Director: Amir Karakulov | Stars: Elmira Makhmutova, Chingiz Nogalbayev

Votes: 13

38. Goodbye, Gulsary! (2008)

102 min | Drama

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Tanabay is a proud Kazakh war hero and loyal Communist who is pressured into taking a position as a herdsman in a collective farm in the Stalinist era after WWII. The pride and joy of the ... See full summary »

Director: Ardak Amirkulov | Stars: Dokhdurbek Kydyraliyev, Raikhan Aitkhozhanova, Janel Makazhanova, Nurlan Sanzhar

Votes: 14

39. Doroga k materi (2016)

Drama, History, War

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Director: Akan Satayev | Stars: Bolat Abdilmanov, Berik Aitzhanov, Adil Akhmetov, Aruzhan Jazilbekova

40. Bopem (2015)

78 min | Drama

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Teenager Ruslan is a half-orphan who lives by the dried Aral Sea. When he learns that due to serious illness he has no more than 3 months to live, Ruslan decides to punish those responsible for the death of his beloved mother.

Director: Zhanna Issabayeva | Stars: Bekarys Abdigappar, Ruslan Abibullayev

Votes: 15

41. Zheruiyk (2011)

115 min | Drama

8.4
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Director: Slambek Tauyekel | Star: Bulat Abdilmanov

Votes: 5

42. The Hunter (2004)

93 min | Drama

6.3
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Director: Serik Aprimov | Stars: Kidiraliev Dogdurbek, Dokhdurbek Kydyraliyev, Gulnazid Omarova, Alibek Zhuasbaev

Votes: 96

43. The Land's Music (2016)

108 min | Adventure, History

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A young shaman sets out on an arduous journey in search of a spiritual leader he believes can bring forth rain to save his clan. On the way, he met a mysterious monk whose knowledge of new technologies offers an alternative way to lives.

Director: Peter J Kirby | Stars: Altenai Altenai, Magzan Bahdaulet, Alamjahn Tosibek

44. C.H.L.D. (Cat. Horse. Love. Death.) (2016)

98 min | Action, Drama, History | Announced

Vera is a pretty lady who was born and grew up in Kazakh steppes. Antanas is her husband, a musician who came to Russia from Lithuania. Ivan is a teacher from Ukraine, who lives in the village on the South of Soviet Russia. One day Antanas, Vera and Lukas, their son of 9 y.o. come there with the view to avoid the Civil War. The love triangle in 20s of XX century through the eyes and mind of Lukas... See full summary »

Director: Garik Sukachyov

45. Prikosnoveniye (1989)

75 min | Adventure, Drama

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Director: Amanzhol Aituarov | Stars: Nurzhuman Ikhtymbaev, S. Kunushaliyeva, T. Kuanyshev

Votes: 38

46. In Spe (1994)

Action

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Director: Marat Sarulu

48. Bayterek (2009)

67 min | Drama

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Sanzhar is a schoolboy, who is no different from all the children from his village but other children call him "Professor". He plays football, goes fishing and dreams about some secret. But... See full summary »

Director: Daniyar Salamat | Stars: Orynbek Satanbayev, Kuman Tastanbekov

49. Digital Sam in Sam Saek 2006: Talk to Her (2006)

107 min | Drama

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This program features three digital short films by Asian filmmakers. Singapore veteran filmmaker Eric Khoo's NO DAY OFF (39 min) records the life of a maid who leaves her husband and baby ... See full summary »

Directors: Eric Khoo, Darezhan Omirbayev, Pen-Ek Ratanaruang | Stars: Ananda Everingham, Erich Fleshman

Votes: 21

50. Dragon's Island (1997)

Animation

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Directors: Zhaken Danenov, Gani Kistauov