Guide to Mongolian Cinema

by cmishere | created - 24 Nov 2017 | updated - 03 Dec 2017 | Public

When it comes to cultural cinema many people, even those who have a real cultural interest in the art, do not really understand 'where to look' for the art of the cinema. This is why I have put together Guides to a certain country of film. Hope you enjoy. WARNING: a lot of Mongolian films I wanted to add but they are sadly not listed on IMDb!

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1. Storm Over Asia (1928)

74 min | Drama, War

In 1918 a simple Mongolian herdsman escapes to the hills after brawling with a western capitalist fur trader who cheats him. In 1920 he helps the partisans fight for the Soviets against the... See full summary »

Director: Vsevolod Pudovkin | Stars: I. Inkizhinov, I. Dedintsev, Valéry Inkijinoff, Aleksandr Chistyakov

Votes: 1,626

10. Dersu Uzala (1975)

G | 142 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

The Russian army sends an explorer on an expedition to the snowy Siberian wilderness where he makes friends with a seasoned local hunter.

Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Maksim Munzuk, Yuriy Solomin, Mikhail Bychkov, Vladimir Khrulyov

Votes: 21,448

17. Der Scout (1983)

102 min | Western

The film is based on real events. At the end of the seventies of the previous century the fights against the Sioux were over, and the US-Army started putting the Indian tribes living to the... See full summary »

Directors: Dshamjangijn Buntar, Konrad Petzold | Stars: Gojko Mitic, Battsetseg Natsagdorj, Klaus Manchen, Milan Beli

Votes: 110

20. Close to Eden (1991)

PG | 119 min | Drama

The shepherd Gombo lives with his wife, three children and grandmother in a tent on the Mongolian steppe. They are pleased with their rustic conditions, until a Russian truck driver, ... See full summary »

Director: Nikita Mikhalkov | Stars: Badema, Bayaertu, Vladimir Gostyukhin, Babushka

Votes: 3,201

24. A Mongolian Tale (1995)

103 min | Drama

Bayinbulag and Somiya are brought up, from a young age, as brother and sister by their adoptive grandmother. The three live happily in a yurt on the Mongolian steppes. Just before ... See full summary »

Director: Fei Xie | Stars: Dalarsurong, Aojirdai, Bayirtcya, Gangbater

Votes: 209

25. The Great Sin of Being Alive (1997)

20 min | Short

The Great Sin of Being Alive is a chilling and ominous visual lamentation about the sins of the Stalinist era in Mongolia which seem to stain the desert sand with blood. The mass murderer ... See full summary »

Director: Damdinsuren Yundendorj

27. Words from the Heart (2003)

96 min | Drama

A woman waits for her soldier husband whom she believes to still be alive.

Director: Osor Bat-Ulzii | Stars: Byambatsogt Dashnyam, S. Delgerjargat, S. Sarantuya, D. Tumurtogtokh

28. The Cave of the Yellow Dog (2005)

G | 93 min | Drama, Family

73 Metascore

The little nomad girl Nansal finds a baby dog in the Mongolian veld, who becomes her best friend - against all rejections of her parents. A story about a Mongolian family of nomads - their ... See full summary »

Director: Byambasuren Davaa | Stars: Batchuluun Urjindorj, Buyandulam Daramdadi, Nansal Batchuluun, Nansalmaa Batchuluun

Votes: 2,735 | Gross: $0.14M

29. Mongolian Ping Pong (2005)

Not Rated | 102 min | Comedy, Drama

64 Metascore

Bilike has never seen a ping-pong ball before. He and his family live without electricity and running water in a solitary tent home among the vast steppe grasslands. The magnificent ... See full summary »

Director: Hao Ning | Stars: Hurichabilike, Dawa, Geliban, Badema

Votes: 750 | Gross: $0.07M

30. Mujaan (2005)

25 min | Short

On the distant steppes of Mongolia, using only simple tools, strength and ingenuity, a nomad builds a home much the way his ancestors have for the past one thousand years. Mujaan (The ... See full summary »

Director: Christopher McKee | Stars: Altangerel, Sukhbaatar

Votes: 14

31. Tuya's Marriage (2006)

Not Rated | 86 min | Drama, Romance

71 Metascore

Set in Inner Mongolia, a physical setback causes a young woman to choose a suitor who can take care of her, as well as her disabled husband.

Director: Quan'an Wang | Stars: Nan Yu, Ba'toer, Sen'ge, Bao'lier

Votes: 2,125 | Gross: $0.09M

32. La gran final (2006)

Not Rated | 88 min | Comedy

A comedy about the attempts of tribal groups around the world to watch a soccer match.

Director: Gerardo Olivares | Stars: Atibou Aboubacar, Adalberto Jr., Ahmed Alansar, Tano Alansar

Votes: 486

33. Khadak (2006)

Not Rated | 104 min | Drama, Romance

53 Metascore

Set in the frozen steppes of Mongolia, a young nomad confronted with his destiny after animals fall victim to a plague which threatens to eradicate nomadism.

Directors: Peter Brosens, Jessica Woodworth | Stars: Batzul Khayankhyarvaa, Tsetsegee Byamba, Banzar Damchaa, Tserendarizav Dashnyam

Votes: 832 | Gross: $0.00M

34. A Pearl in the Forest (2008)

Unrated | 90 min | Drama, History, Romance

Is all fair when love becomes war? "Promises are like pie crusts: Made to be broken." In the 1930s Stalin put Lenin's words into action with his infamous "purges," bringing horrors to the ... See full summary »

Director: Agvaantseren Enkhtaivan | Stars: G. Altanshagai, Bayarmaa Baatar, Narankhuu Khatanbaatar, G. Zolboot

Votes: 26



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