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Mongol: The Rise of Genghis Khan (2007)

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“Mongol”

Action, Biography, Drama

Mongol: The Rise of Genghis Khan is a semi-historical epic film directed by Sergei Bodrov, about the early life of Temüjin, who later came to be known as Genghis Khan. The storyline was conceived from a screenplay written by Bodrov and Arif Aliev. It was produced by Bodrov, Sergei Selyanov, and Anton Melnik and stars Tadanobu Asano, Sun Honglei, and Chuluuny Khulan in the main roles. Mongol explores abduction, kinship, and the repercussions of war.

The film was a co-production between companies in Russia, Germany and Kazakhstan. Filming took place mainly in the People’s Republic of China, principally in Inner Mongolia (the Mongol autonomous region), and in Kazakhstan. Shooting began in September 2005, and was completed in November 2006. After an initial screening at the Russian Film Festival in Vyborg on 10 August 2007, Mongol was released in Russia on 20 September 2007. It saw a limited release in the United States on 6 June 2008 grossing $5.7 million in domestic ticket sales. It additionally earned nearly $21 million in sales through international release for a combined $26.5 million in gross revenue.

In 1192, Temüjin, a prisoner in the Tangut kingdom, recounts his story through a series of flashbacks.

Embarking on an expedition 20 years earlier (1172), nine-year-old Temüjin is accompanied by his father Yesügei to select a girl as his future wife. He meets and chooses Börte, against his father’s wishes. On their way home, Yesügei is poisoned by an enemy tribe; on his dying breath, he tells his son that he is now Khan. However, Targutai, Yesügei’s lieutenant, proclaims himself as Khan and is about to kill his young rival. Prevented from doing so by the boy’s mother, Targutai lets him go and vows to kill him as soon as he becomes an adult.

After falling through a frozen lake, Temüjin is rescued by Jamukha. The two quickly become friends and take an oath as blood brothers. Targutai later captures him, but he escapes under the cover of night and roams the countryside.

Director: Sergei Bodrov

Writers: Arif Aliev, Sergei Bodrov

Stars: Tadanobu Asano, Amadu Mamadakov, Khulan Chuluun, Honglei Sun, He Qi, Ben Hon Sun

Cast:

Tadanobu AsanoTemudjin
Honglei SunJamukha
Khulan ChuluunBörte
AliyaOelun – Temudjin’s Mother
Baasanjav MijidEsugei – Temudjin’s Father (as Ba Sen)
Amadu MamadakovTargutai
He QiDai-Sechen
Ben Hon SunMonk
Ji Ri Mu TuBoorchu
You ErSorgan-Shira (as A You Er)
Huntun BatuAltan (as Hong Jong Ba Tu)
Deng Ba Te ErDaritai (as E Er Deng Ba Te Er)
Bao DiTodoen
Su Ya La Su RongGirkhai (as Su You Le Si Ren)
Sai Xing GaChiledu
Tegen AoCharkhu
Zhang JiongTangut Garrison Chief
Odnyam OdsurenYoung Temudjin
Bayertsetseg ErdenebatYoung Börte
Amarbold TuvshinbayarYoung Jamukha
Ba TiJuchi
Li Jia QiMungun
Bu RenTaichar
Te BaKhasar
BayaneruulSlave Trader (as Bayin)
Ba Yin Qi Qi GeTemulun
Ba De Rong GuiYoung Taichar
Naryn IgilikTatar
TungaSochikhel
Birol Tarkan YildizMongol

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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