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

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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:
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Honglei Sun ...
Khulan Chuluun ...
Aliya ...
Oelun - Temudjin's Mother
Ba Sen ...
Esugei - Temudjin's Father
Amadu Mamadakov ...
Targutai
He Qi ...
Dai-Sechen
Ben Hon Sun ...
Monk
Ji Ri Mu Tu ...
Boorchu
You Er ...
Sorgan-Shira (as A You Er)
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Altan (as Hong Jong Ba Tu)
Deng Ba Te Er ...
Daritai (as E Er Deng Ba Te Er)
Bao Di ...
Todoen
Su Ya La Su Rong ...
Girkhai (as Su You Le Si Ren)
Sai Xing Ga ...
Chiledu
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Storyline

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

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20 September 2007 (Russia)  »

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Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£185,364 (UK) (6 June 2008)

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

Prior to appearing in the film as Börte, actress Khulan Chuluun was studying to be a journalist, and had never acted before. Director Sergey Bodrov had sent casting director Gulshat Omarova to Mongolia to look for actresses for the role, but she was unable to find any. Disappointed with her failure, she went to the Chinese Embassy to renew her Visa so as to travel back to China. Whilst she was in the embassy, she saw Khulan by sheer accident, and approached her to ask about playing the role. See more »

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Non-Mongolian characters in this movie speak modern standard Mandarin Chinese. This would be incorrect because, this language as the standard Chinese language originates with the Qing Dynasty hundreds of years later, the regions depicted in the movie appear to be central and western China where they would speak a different dialect and several characters speaking Chinese don't appear to be Chinese and all and would most likely be speaking a Turkic dialect. See more »

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Young Temudjin: [Inspecting a line of brides-to-be] I choose you.
Young Borte: I accept.
Young Temudjin: [Turns to his father] I have chosen my bride!
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Weak on writing, but gorgeous to watch
25 July 2008 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

The first installment of a prospective trilogy, Mongol chronicles the early life of Temudjin, from his childhood on the Asian steppe to his ascension to Khan in 1206.

The performances are passable – with special thanks to Honglei Sun, with an engaging turn as Temudjin's long-time friend and ally Jamukha – but the film has a rushed quality to it that is predominantly the fault of the screenplay. We jump too quickly from one scene to the next, the tension is constantly disrupted, and the characters are, for the most part, one-dimensional, void of quirks and personal histories and any of the other qualities that might make them relatable. I'm not asking for anything fancy: theirs was a tribal culture constantly engaged in the act of survival, and any philosophical rants or emotive confessionals would feel forced and inorganic, but none of that pardons the film for the simple crime of not giving its characters enough to do. The needs of the plot seem to dictate their actions, rather than the needs of the characters driving the plot.

The biggest casualty, as always, is the love story. Ironically enough, Temudjin and Borte generate the most chemistry when they meet as children, Borte commanding him – with a freeness of spirit that gets less and less visible as the movie progresses – to pick her as his bride. Unfortunately, their subsequent romance is more about desperate rescues and long-winded goodbyes than it is the simple moments of intimacy that make a relationship believable.

That said, the cinematography is tremendous and the costumes top-notch, and the casting department deserves a couple extra bushels of brownie points for picking actors who – unlike many a Hollywood ensemble – look like they could actually survive the conditions they supposedly inhabit. The combat scenes are captivating and cleverly shot, and despite the inevitable comparison to such battle-heavy epics as Lord of the Rings and Gladiator, Bodrov keeps a handle on things, never letting any of the battles run beyond the five minute mark, endowing the film with an element of realism and restraint where many of the other so-called epics go completely over the top. True, the movie relies a bit more heavily on CGI than I would prefer, but the Mongolian landscape, the real star of the show, is so gorgeous, so demanding, so jaw-droppingly authentic that we quickly forget our visual grievances and get lost in the rudimentary act of watching.

A pity we can never lose ourselves completely.


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