Mongol

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Released 2007

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Director:
Sergei Bodrov
Released:
2007
Rating:
R
Mongol is a 2007 semi-historical war film produced by Sergei Selyanov and Anton Melnik and directed by Sergei Bodrov. It is the first in a trilogy of movies depicting Genghis Khan's rule over the Mongolian Empire. The film follows the early life of Temujin ''''''''''''''''''(Tadanobu Asano), whom the world would later know as Genghis Khan. Temujin travels with his father Yesugei (Ba Sen) to find a girl to become his future wife. The duo experience opposition from both friend and foe, leading to Yesugei's demise. His death leads to Temujin becoming Khan. Khan tribesman Targutai (Amadu Mamadakov) leads a rebellion against Temujin's new tribe, but spares the boy's life. Years later, Temujin is captured by Targutai twice more and manages to escape with his wife Borte (Khulan Chuluun). He is then attacked by the Merkit tribe as retribution for his father's earlier transgressions. Years later, Temujin joins forces with childhood friend Jamukha (Amarbold Tuvshinbayar) to enact revenge against the Merkit tribe for the earlier attack. The overall themes of abduction, kinship and the repercussions of war show how Temujin rose to become one of history's most feared tyrants.moreless

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  • 90

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    Mongol -- or, as I prefer to think of it, "Genghis Khan: The Early Years" -- is a big, ponderous epic, its beautifully composed landscape shots punctuated by thundering hooves and ...

  • 90

    Variety

    This Central Asia-set historical epic from Russian helmer Sergei Bodrov ("Nomad") boasts breathtaking landscapes, dazzling cinematography, bloody battles and unique traditions.

  • 80

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Full of stunning views of China, Mongolia and Kazakhstan and showing an unexpected side of Genghis Kahn, Mongol feels like an old-fashioned epic.

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