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  (in credits order)

Tadanobu Asano ... Temudjin
Honglei Sun ... Jamukha
Khulan Chuluun ... Börte
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)

Huntun Batu ... 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
Tegen Ao ... Charkhu
Zhang Jiong ... Tangut Garrison Chief
Odnyam Odsuren ... Young Temudjin
Bayertsetseg Erdenebat ... Young Börte
Amarbold Tuvshinbayar ... Young Jamukha
Ba Ti ... Juchi
Li Jia Qi ... Mungun
Bu Ren ... Taichar
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Te Ba ... Khasar
Ba Yin Qi Qi Ge ... Temulun
Ba De Rong Gui ... Young Taichar
Tunga ... Sochikhel
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Directed by
Sergey Bodrov 
Writing credits
Arif Aliyev  &
Sergey Bodrov 

Produced by
Stefan Arndt .... co-producer
Bob Berney .... executive producer
Sergey Bodrov .... producer
Bulat Galimgereyev .... executive producer
Marcos Kantis .... line producer: Germany
Anton Melnik .... producer
Ulli Neumann .... line producer: Germany
Thomas Schneider .... assistant line producer: Germany
Alec Schulmann .... executive producer
Sergey Selyanov .... producer
Manuela Stehr .... co-producer
Max Wang .... line producer: China
Original Music by
Tuomas Kantelinen 
Cinematography by
Rogier Stoffers 
Sergey Trofimov 
Film Editing by
Zach Staenberg 
Valdís Óskarsdóttir 
Casting by
Han Wei Biao 
Gulshat Omarova 
Ui Ri Ji Tu 
Production Design by
Dashi Namdakov 
Art Direction by
Wang Min Kwa 
Hai Ming Xiang 
Elena Zhukova 
Set Decoration by
Xin Wei An 
Costume Design by
Karin Lohr 
Makeup Department
Cui Yu Bao .... makeup artist
Weijie Dong .... makeup artist
An Hyung Gon .... special makeup effects artist
Xiaojun Jiang .... makeup artist
Tam Ying Kwan .... makeup artist
Hyun Ju Lee .... special makeup effects artist
Chang Zheng Lui .... makeup artist
Pingjie Peng .... makeup artist
Jae-ho Shin .... special makeup effects artist
Xu Qui Wen .... key hair stylist
Xiaohai Yang .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Zhang Bin .... unit manager
Fu De Hai .... production manager
Andreas Dobers .... post-production supervisor: Germany
Sergei Dolgoshein .... post-production supervisor: Russia
Qe Er .... production manager
Zhou Xue Feng .... production manager
Boris Mang .... post-production manager: Germany
Boris Mang .... post-production supervisor: Germany
Greg Spence .... post-production supervisor: Los Angeles
Fang Chun Ying .... unit production manager
Xia Zhang .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Anna Bass .... third assistant director
Xiaoyang Chang .... first assistant director
Xi Dzi .... first assistant director: second unit
Ui Hong .... third assistant director
Doo-hong Jung .... second unit director: stunt
Dmitri Liu .... second assistant director
Zhao Meng .... second assistant director
Ding Xiao Nang .... third assistant director
Gulshat Omarova .... second unit director
Art Department
Talgat Asyrankulov .... storyboard artist
De Wen Bai .... props
Nikita Bestuzhev .... storyboard artist
Jianjun Chen .... set dresser
Ri Gang Chen .... art team leader
Ri Xin Chen .... props
Li Bao Dong .... set dresser
Pei Jian Guang .... set dresser
Hong Sheng Guo .... props
Bai Jun .... set dresser
Bao-Tai Li .... property master
Zhang Xiao Ming .... assistant art director
Zhi Xiang Shi .... construction coordinator
Zhi Xiang Shi .... set designer
Zhuang Yan .... set dresser
Chai Yong .... set dresser
Jing Tao Zhao .... assistant art director
Sound Department
Ran Bi .... boom operator
Yue Chen .... boom operator
Thomas Knop .... sound effects editor
Stephan Konken .... sound re-recording mixer
Stephan Konken .... supervising sound editor
Martin Langenbach .... foley artist
Amedeo Malagia .... sound recordist
Erik Mischijew .... ambiences editor
Erik Mischijew .... sound ambiance
Rob Nokes .... additional sound effects library
Tobias Peper .... foley editor
Laurent Rodriguez .... boom operator
Bruno Tarrière .... sound mixer
Hartmut Teschemacher .... additional sound re-recording mixer
Hartmut Teschemacher .... sound effects editor
Xie Hong Yu .... boom operator: second unit
Guido Zettier .... sound effects editor
Special Effects by
Shen Zai Cho .... special effects technician
Shizhen Guo .... special effects assistant
Do-ahn Jung .... special effects makeup
Lijiang Li .... special effects
Huiguo Lu .... special effects
Kyung-soo Park .... special effects makeup artist
Yoon Hyung Tue .... special effects makeup
Jianping Xia .... special effects coordinator
Wang Zhan Xiang .... special effects supervisor
Mingxian Zhang .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Ronney Afortu .... colorist
Nikita Argunov .... CGI supervisor
Gregory Chalenko .... senior compositor
Arkadiy Demchenko .... digital compositor
Arkadiy Dubinin .... digital compositor
Dirk Frischmuth .... digital compositor
Nikolay Goryaev .... digital effects artist: Algous Studio
Alexey Goussev .... visual effects producer: Algous Studio
Alexey Goussev .... visual effects supervisor
Frank Hellmann .... DI supervisor
Elena Karpunkina .... digital compositor
Timur Khodzhaev .... digital effects artist (as Timur Khodjaev)
Andrey Mesnyankin .... visual effects supervisor:
Larisa Misyukova .... digital compositor
Oleg Muranov .... digital effects artist: Algous Studio
Sergey Muravev .... visual effects supervisor
Elena Pestrikova .... digital artist
Yuriy Rudakov .... computer graphics artist
Maria Scobelkina .... digital effects artist: Algous Studio
Dennis Sedov .... digital effects
Markus 'Maggi' Selchow .... compositor
Mikhail Semyonov .... digital compositor
Elvir Sharifullin .... digital artist
Denys Shchukin .... visual effects artist
Ilya Shutov .... digital compositor
Dmitriy Tokoyakov .... visual effects supervisor
Axe Tony .... digital effects artist: Algous Studio
Alexey Volkov .... digital effects artist: Algous Studio
Alexander Volos .... digital compositor (as Alexander Kuzmin)
Ilya Vostrov .... digital artist: previz
Arman Yahin .... visual effects supervisor (as Arman Yakhin)
Apollinary Zakharov .... digital artist
Andrei Zhidkov .... digital effects artist
Shokan Aimarov .... stunts
Nurlan Altaev .... stunts
Aleksandr Baranov .... stunts
Daniyar Beissekov .... stunts
Nurbek Bolotov .... stunts
Oleg Botin .... stunts
Murat Burkhanov .... stunts
Aibek Daudov .... stunts
Sultan Dikambaev .... stunts
Kurban Dodarhodzhev .... stunts
German Galuaev .... stunts
Heo Myeong Haeng .... stunt performer
Lee Hakchul .... stunt arranger
Ji Juong Hyun .... assistant to action director
Beibut Khomikov .... stunts
Oleg Korytin .... stunt coordinator
Kanat Kudyarov .... stunts
Zhaidarbek Kunguzhinov .... action director
Zhaidarbek Kunguzhinov .... stunt double
Edilbek Moldogaliev .... stunts
Ilichbek Nuraev .... stunts
Valery Rybin .... assistant stunt coordinator
Toichubek Serkebayev .... stunts
Eric Shaipulov .... stunts
Radik Shakmayev .... stunts
Nodirbek Shaymardanov .... stunts
Lyobov Volkova .... stunts
Almat Yelegenov .... stunts
Byung Joon Yoon .... stunt coordinator
Yoon Jin Yul .... stunt coordinator
Jalolitdin Yuldashev .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Assia Bodrova .... third assistant camera: second unit
Jasmine Yuen Carrucan .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Chan Chan .... lighting technician
Edmond Chan .... focus puller: "b" camera
Raymond Chan .... video operator
Sing Hong Chan .... lighting grip
Chak Piu Chiu .... clapper loader: "a" camera
Cheung Tat Chuen .... grip
Florian Emmerich .... Steadicam operator
Florian Emmerich .... camera operator: "a" camera
Guan Fei .... camera loader
Jimmy Fok .... best boy grip
Rafik Galeev .... camera operator: second unit
Mika Gamzyan .... first assistant camera
Lu Gengxin .... camera operator: second unit
Sergey Gulin .... focus puller: second unit
Kohki Hasei .... still photographer
Naryn Igilik .... photographer
Elena Ivanova .... director of photography: second unit
Louis Jong .... key grip
Deng Qing Jun .... grip
Wing Chai Ko .... lighting grip
Raymond Kwong .... grip
Khasan Kydyraliyev .... director of photography: second unit
Chun-Shing Lam .... key electrician
Chun-Wan Lam .... gaffer
Steven Lau .... crane operator
Wai-Kwan Lau .... clapper loader: "b" camera
Wing Hong Leung .... dolly grip
Li Fa Lin .... electrician
Brett Matthews .... focus puller
Ming Hang Ng .... lighting grip
Yick Hang Pang .... grip
Xu Xiao Ping .... second assistant camera: second unit
Wu Chang Quing .... electrician
Kirill Roschin .... third assistant camera: main unit
Alexey Solodov .... camera operator
Igor Vereshchagin .... still photographer
Shing Wai .... lighting grip
Jia Wei .... focus puller
Cao Chun Xi .... electrician
Di Zhen Xiang .... grip
Wang Jian You .... first assistant camera: second unit
Wang Jian You .... focus puller: second unit
Alexander Zabrin .... still photographer
Viktor Zubarev .... Steadicam operator
Casting Department
Wuri .... assistant casting director: China
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jun Chai .... wardrobe master
Liao Xiao Chang .... wardrobe
Deng Xue Fen .... costumer
Huo Feng .... wardrobe
Jin-Hua Gu .... wardrobe
Bao-Rong Huang .... costume supervisor
Ruibo Jia .... costumer
Liu Jie .... wardrobe
Chang Li .... wardrobe
Dongliang Li .... costumer
Zhang Li .... wardrobe
Yang Lui .... wardrobe
Hongyan Ma .... wardrobe
Susanne Platz .... assistant costume designer
Cäcilia Radig .... costume aging assistant
Till Schuster .... costume aging
Pei Gui Ting .... wardrobe master
Rong Wang .... wardrobe
Li Jian Xin .... costumer
Feng Xu .... wardrobe
Zhi-Bin Zhao .... wardrobe master
Editorial Department
Fyodor Kalugin .... assistant editor: Moscow
Olya Li .... post-production assistant: Russia
Andrey Mesnyankin .... pregrade colorist
Marcel Peragine .... additional editing
Sönke Saalfeld .... on-line editor
Hervé Schneid .... additional editor
Jessica Schulte .... assistant editor: Los Angeles
Music Department
Matt Dunkley .... orchestrator
Isobel Griffiths .... orchestra contractor
Tuomas Kantelinen .... conductor
Thomas Knop .... music editor
Maksim Koshevarov .... orchestrator
Sharon Smith .... music editor: temps
Altan Urag .... composer: additional music
Transportation Department
Bai Ming Fu .... assistant transportation captain
Sun Le Fang .... transportation captain: Inner Mongolia
Fu Fa Ming .... transportation captain
Dong Zheng .... assistant transportation captain
Other crew
Jia Ai .... accommodation manager
Ran An .... playback technician
Yannis Banuls .... production assistant
Helene Borgardt .... accountant: Kinofabrika
Naranbaatar Byamzhav .... assistant: Khulan Chuluun
Liu Chang Cai .... assistant accountant: China
Jenny Cazelles .... technical supervisor: VCC avid systems
Si Chao .... dialogue coach
Clemens Danzer .... client contact: Arri Rental, Germany
Thomas Diesselhorst .... scan operator
Wan Ding .... location manager
Li Zhen Duo .... customs coordinator
Jens Fischer .... lab project manager: Atlantik Film
Solongo Gankhuyag .... dialogue coach
Wang Gaofeng .... production assistant
Janina Gerkens .... avid assistant: Sky Editorial
Frank J. Gruber .... legal affairs: USA
Chen Guiling .... production assistant
Da Hao .... playback technician
Cordula Herrmann .... controller: X-Filme
Walter Hoeft .... business affairs Kinofabrika
Zhang Hui .... sound engineer: second unit
Tongshun Ji .... accountant: China
Ma Jun .... production assistant
Wang Xue Jun .... assistant location manager
Joachim Kafemann .... travel agent: Germany
Gulmira Karchalova .... script supervisor
Olga Kashirina .... on-set interpreter
Oleg Khimin .... cinematheka technical supervisor: avid systems
Gau Ming Ku .... location manager
Maria Lavnikovich .... production secretary: Russia
Harald Lehmann .... technical supervisor: Optical Art
Yang Ley Ley .... assistant accountant: China
Jing Li .... assistant: Karin Lohr
Olya Li .... office manager
Olya Li .... production coordinator: Russia
Skady Lis .... production coordinator: Germany
Zarina Mamyrculova .... production coordinator: Kazakhstan
Santiago Munoz .... trainee
Yui Naito .... assistant: Tadanobu Asano
Jessica Petzold .... production assistant
Tatyana Polyanskaya .... accountant: Andreevsky Flag
Svetlana Ponomareva .... chief accountant
Bastian Pruetzmann .... senior head of client contact: Arri Rental Germany
Luydmila Rucks .... controller: Kinofabrika
Lyudmila Rucks .... accountant: Kinofabrika
Tatiana Ryabova .... assistant: Svetlana Ponomareve
Siwa Sangaran .... production assistant
Thomas Schneider .... production assistant
Constanze Schuster .... aging artist
Shirley Song .... production coordinator: China
Andro Steinborn .... business and legal affaires: X-Filme
Yui Tamae .... assistant
Angela Tippel .... VCC: avid assistant
Mabinte van de Belt .... trainee
Tian Wei .... assistant production coordinator
Manfred Zacher .... legal affairs: Kinofabrika
Nadezhda Zatsepina .... assistant: Svetlana Ponomareva
Guo Cheng Zhao .... assistant accomodation manager
Ou Zhi Zhong .... assistant: accomodation manager
Steve Kesmodel .... credits administrator (uncredited)

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Also Known As:
"Mongol" - Russia (original title)
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Rated R for sequences of bloody warfare
126 min
Aspect Ratio:
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The film was shot primarily in Kazakhstan and China. In China, the primary location was Inner Mongolia, a Mongolian province within China's borders which has more Mongolians living in it than Mongolia itself.See more »
Factual errors: 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 »
Esugei:[Dying words] Be strong... and ask our Lord of the blue sky, great Tengri... to help you.See more »
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136 out of 148 people found the following review useful.
The Making of Genghis Khan, 23 May 2008
Author: janos451 from San Francisco

Astonishingly, the name and the person of Genghis Khan in Sergei Bodrov's "Mongol," a great, Shakespearean drama about this seminal figure in history, don't appear until the very end of the two-hour epic. Instead, we see Temudjin, the man yet to become (posthumously) Khagan (emperor) of what was to be for several centuries the largest contiguous empire in history. Whether Bodrov completes the contemplated two additional chapters of the story or not, "Mongol" stands on its own as a masterpiece.

Contradicting the Western (and Russian) image of Genghis as the monstrous conqueror, Bodrov's work is influenced by Lev Gumilev's "The Legend of the Black Arrow" and is based on "The Secret History of the Mongols," the 13th century Mongolian account, unknown until its re-emergence in China 700 years later. For a director, who learned in school only about the horrors of Russia's 200-year subjugation by the Mongols, taking a "larger view" is a remarkable act.

Unlike Omar Sharif in the 1965 Henry Levin "Genghis Khan" or Takashi Sorimachi in Shinichiro Sawai's disappointing 2007 "To the Ends of the Earth and Sea," Tadanobu Asano in Bodrov's film is strictly Temudjin, not the great Khan. He lived from 1162 to 1227, and "Mongol" covers the years between 1171 and the beginning of the unification of Mongolian tribes around the turn of the century.

In fact, the spookily powerful child Temudjin (Odnyam Odsuren) dominates the first part of the film, undergoing trials and tribulations that make the lives of Dickens' abused and imperiled children look like a picnic. From age nine into his 30s, Temudjin was orphaned, hunted, imprisoned, enslaved, and constantly threatened by extinction. Literally alone in the vast landscape (brilliantly photographed by Rogier Stoffers and Sergei Trofimov), Temudjin escapes death repeatedly, at times almost mysteriously.

"Mongol" is huge - with endless vistas and epic crowd scenes, quite without special effects - but Bodrov keeps the setting just that, never strutting visuals for their own sake. The film is about people, and the cast is magnificent. Asano's face and eyes hold attention, and make the viewer experience simultaneous feelings of getting to know the character he plays and being held at arm's length. Bodrov and Asano escape all the many Hollywood pitfalls in making an epic - they present nothing easy, predictable, trite. The term "Shakespearean" is used here advisedly.

The Mongolian actors are sensational: Khulan Chuluun is luminous as Borte, Temudjin's wife; Borte's 10-year-old self, the girl who chooses Temudjin, then 9, while he thinks he is the one making the decision, is unforgettable, even if the name is hard to remember: Bayertsetseg Erdenebat.

Chinese actors are vital to the film. As Temudjin's father (poisoned by Tatars before the boy reached 10), Sai Xing Ga makes an impression few actors can achieve in such a brief appearance. Nearly overshadowing Asano is the grand thespian exercise from Sun Hong-Lei, as Temudjin's all-important blood brother Jamukha. Sun is almost too big for the big screen, perhaps a less intense performance would have served the film better.

Another problem is near the end of "Mongol," with Borte's stranger-than-fiction (and actually fictional) rescue of Temudjin from a Tangut prison, years, hundreds of miles, and impossible alliances and dalliances telescoped into a few near-incongruous minutes - all to cover a 10-year-long gap in Genghis' history. Except for that, however, Bodrov's work is engrossing, spectacular, and memorable.

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