Mongol: The Rise of Genghis Khan (2007)
"Mongol" (original title)

R  |   |  Adventure, Biography, Drama  |  4 July 2008 (USA)
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The story recounts the early life of Genghis Khan who was a slave before going on to conquer half the world including Russia in 1206.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Honglei Sun ...
Khulan Chuluun ...
Aliya ...
Oelun - Temudjin's Mother
Ba Sen Zha Bu ...
Esugei - Temudjin's Father (as Ba Sen)
Amadu Mamadakov ...
He Qi ...
Ben Hon Sun ...
Ji Ri Mu Tu ...
You Er ...
Sorgan-Shira (as A You Er)
Huntun Batu ...
Altan (as Hong Jong Ba Tu)
Deng Ba Te Er ...
Daritai (as E Er Deng Ba Te Er)
Bao Di ...
Su Ya La Su Rong ...
Girkhai (as Su You Le Si Ren)
Sai Xing Ga ...


The movie is an epic story of a young Genghis Khan and how events in his early life lead him to become a legendary conqueror. The 9-year-old Temüjin is taken on a trip by his father to select a girl as his future wife. He meets Börte, who says she would like to be chosen, which he does. He promises to return after five years to marry her. Temüjin's father is poisoned on the trip, and dies. As a boy Temüjin passes through starvation, humiliations and even slavery, but later with the help of Börte he overcomes all of his childhood hardships to become one of the greatest conquerors the world has ever known. Written by jck movies

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The untold story of Genghis Khan's rise to power See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sequences of bloody warfare | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

4 July 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mongol: The Rise of Genghis Khan  »

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Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£185,364 (UK) (6 June 2008)


$5,701,643 (USA) (5 September 2008)

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2.35 : 1
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Kazakhstan's official submission in the Foreign Language Film category for the 80th Academy Awards (2008). See more »


The Mongolian tribes, including the hordes that conquered their vast empire, rode on a very peculiar race of horses, stocky build, with relatively short legs and a large head. The horses used in the movie look like ordinary western horses See more »


Jamukha: Don't tell anyone we went to war over a woman.
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Featured in The 80th Annual Academy Awards (2008) See more »

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Great film
11 September 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this last week at the Toronto film festival and loved it. Many of the people in my group did not want to see it because they were not interested in the subject matter and ended up loving the film. It seemed to be the overall favorite of the group (we saw 12 films in Toronto). There is a fair amount of blood so if one is bothered by violence, you may not enjoy it. In some ways it reminded me of Braveheart because you learned about the history, but there was also beautiful cinematography, landscapes, and very well done battle scenes. This film could possibly be in the running for the best foreign film Oscar.

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