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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 in 1206.

Director:

Sergei Bodrov (as Sergey Bodrov)

Writers:

Arif Aliev, Sergei Bodrov (as Sergey Bodrov)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tadanobu Asano ... Temudjin
Honglei Sun ... Jamukha
Khulan Chuluun Khulan Chuluun ... Börte
Aliya Aliya ... Oelun - Temudjin's Mother
Baasanjav Mijid Baasanjav Mijid ... Esugei - Temudjin's Father (as Ba Sen)
Amadu Mamadakov Amadu Mamadakov ... Targutai
He Qi He Qi ... Dai-Sechen
Ben Hon Sun Ben Hon Sun ... Monk
Ji Ri Mu Tu Ji Ri Mu Tu ... Boorchu
You Er You Er ... Sorgan-Shira (as A You Er)
Huntun Batu Huntun Batu ... Altan (as Hong Jong Ba Tu)
Deng Ba Te Er Deng Ba Te Er ... Daritai (as E Er Deng Ba Te Er)
Bao Di Bao Di ... Todoen
Su Ya La Su Rong Su Ya La Su Rong ... Girkhai (as Su You Le Si Ren)
Sai Xing Ga 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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The untold story of Genghis Khan's rise to power See more »


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

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Country:

Russia | Germany | Kazakhstan

Language:

Mongolian | Mandarin

Release Date:

4 July 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mongol: The Rise of Genghis Khan See more »

Filming Locations:

China See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

RUR 69,406,106 (Russia), 23 September 2007, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$135,526, 8 June 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$5,701,643, 7 September 2008

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$26,527,510, 31 December 2008
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital EX

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film took 14 months to shoot, and had a crew of 400 people (300 Chinese and 100 Russians), and over 1500 extras. Because there were so many different nationalities working on the film (Germans, Mongols, Chinese, Japanese, Russians, Ukrainians, Kazakhstanis), a team of over 30 interpreters were on set at all times. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Temudjin: Come closer, old man.
Old Man: [comes closer and feeds Temudjin water to drink] You scare me!
Temudjin: If I don't die... I'll forgive all of you.
Old Man: You won't forgive any of us.
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Connections

Referenced in Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #7.12 (2008) See more »

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Second Battle
Composed & Performed by Altan Urag
Published by Altan Urag Music
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The Making of Genghis Khan
23 May 2008 | by janos451See all my reviews

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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