Oscar Nominee

Genre:  Drama
Running Time:  120 min.
Release Date: June 6, 2008 (limited)
DVD: October 14, 2008

Current rating: Rating: 4.07
based on 75 votes and 10 reviews
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Cast: Tadanobu Asano, Honglei Sun, Khulan Chuluun, Odnyam Odsuren, Aliya


Mongol delves into the dramatic and harrowing early years of the Genghis Khan, who was born as Temudgin in 1162. As it follows Temudgin from his perilous childhood to the battle that sealed his destiny, the film paints a multidimensional portrait of the future conqueror, revealing him not as the evil brute of hoary stereotype, but as an inspiring, fearless and visionary leader.

Mongol shows us the making of an extraordinary man, and the foundation on which so much of his greatness rested: his relationship with his wife, Borte, his lifelong love and most trusted advisor.

Director: Sergei Bodrov
Studio: Alliance Films
Producer(s): Sergei Bodrov, Sergei Selyanov, Anton Melnik
Screenplay: Arif Aliyev, Sergei Bodrov
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  • 5 stars "It’s essentially a love story with plenty of graphic battle scenes and a host of historical inaccuracies, but I enjoyed this film so much at last year’s Film Festival I just had to see it again on the big screen. It’s loosely based on the life and times of Genghis Khan, born in 1162: starting as a child picking a bride then through skirmishes and captivities and on to his leadership of the Mongols. Filming took place on location on the Mongolian Steppes with a cast of thousands, mostly on horseback. It’s those thundering, galloping hooves that will linger with me the most. Breathtaking scenery and magical elements, not to mention the authentic costumes and settings, made Mongol an intense an"