Nomad: The Warrior (2005)
"Köshpendiler" (original title)

R  |   |  Drama, History, War  |  17 July 2005 (Kazakhstan)
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An historical epic set in 18th-century Kazakhstan, where a young man is destined to unite the country's three warring tribes.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Doskhan Zholzhaksynov ...
Galdan Ceren, the Jungar Sultan
Ayanat Ksenbai ...
Gaukhar (as Ayana Yesmagambetova)
Ashir Chokubayev ...
(as Ashir Shokibaev)
Zhanas Iskakov
Almaikhan Kenzhebekova
Tungyshpai Zhamankulov ...
(as Tungishbai Zhamankulov)
Erik Zholzhaksynov ...
Dilnaz Akhmadieva ...
Termirkhan Tursingaliev
Asylbolat Ismagulov
Sabit Orazbaev


Rebirth of a nation. Not since Genghis Khan has anyone united the Kazakh tribes. Jungar tribesmen of Mongolia rule Kazakh land, but a prophecy has it that a descendant of Genghis will unite his people. Oraz the Wise travels the land looking for the child who will fulfill the prophecy. He finds that infant and protects him from the warriors of Galdan, the Jungar king. Oraz recruits one lad from each Kazakh tribe and teaches them the art of war, loyalty, and camaraderie. Two are the best: Mansur and Erali. They are like brothers. Each must prove himself; both fall in love with the same young woman; both fall into enemy hands. At what cost does a prophecy come to pass? Written by <>

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kazakhstan | nomad | 1800s | See All (3) »


Courage know no limit


Drama | History | War

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Rated R for violence | See all certifications »


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17 July 2005 (Kazakhstan)  »

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Nomad  »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$14,250 (USA) (16 March 2007)


$77,231 (USA) (11 May 2007)

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Begun in 2004, completed in 2005, not released until 2006. See more »


When the chief of the Jugars is riding a horse that had just been picked by Oraz, dust left by a vehicle can be seen in front of him, even though he is supposed to be ahead of all the riders. See more »


Featured in The 64th Annual Golden Globe Awards (2007) See more »

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Review on Kazak version of "Nomad"
31 March 2006 | by (Washington, DC) – See all my reviews

Overall, the movie is not bad, but, in my opinion, it could have been better.

I don't think that this movie truly exposes the theme of Kazak nomads and their 300-year struggle against Jongar (Oirat) aggressors. I'm quite disappointed here.

But for non-Kazaks, the movie can make a whole different impression. They may like it a lot, because of the 'freshness' of Central-Asian nomadic theme in the international cinema.

Let's wait for the American (international) version of the movie. I believe it will be in some ways different from the Kazak version.

P.S. For those in Kazakstan, I recommend to watch old Kazak-Soviet movies like "Batyr Bayan", "Jawshy" (Gonets), and "Qyz Jibek". These are one of the few movies that truly show the essence of Kazak nomadism and Kazak-Jongar wars.

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