Mongol: The Rise of Genghis Khan

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  • History knows him as Genghis Khan, but before he became a warlord, he was simply a man named Temudgin. Exiled into slavery as a boy and forced into a life of struggle after his father is killed by a rival clan, the greatest military mastermind of all time survived on the strength of a single dream: to unite his people into the largest empire the world has ever known. Asano Tadanobu portrays Temudg

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Studio: New Line Home Video Release Date: 10/14/2008 Run time: 126 minutes Rating: RAmazon.com
First entry in a proposed trilogy, Mongol vividly captures the beauty and brutality of ancient Mongolia. Beginning in 1172 and ending in 1206, Sergei Bodrov’s Oscar-nominated epic presents future conqueror Ghengis Khan as more lover–and fighter–than diplomat. Against his father Esegui’s wishes, nine-year-old Temudjin chooses his own bride, whom he marries in… More >>

Mongol: The Rise of Genghis Khan

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  1. For a high production movie, it was kind of stupid. Even dumber than the run of the mill action flick, because at least those don’t pretend to be historic, and they don’t pretend to be Important and Insightful.

    Who knew the life of a Mongol king could be so pedestrian?

    Rating: 1 / 5

  2. Bought this dual copy (Blu-Ray and Digital Copy) because I am thinking about buying a Blu-Ray player but wanted to see the movie right away on my PC. Well, the Digital Copy has many bugs and won’t just work. I hope to be able to see this movie one day!
    Rating: 1 / 5

  3. I would gladly give this movie 0 stars, or go into negatives, but 1 is the lowest… so it gets a 1.

    As a movie, it is a yet-another-good-graphics-fantasy movie and could be rated 4 stars. As a movie that should carry at least basic relation to history, gets a zero.

    This movie is quite far from the truth…

    Instead of doing even a little research on any historical facts, main director used speculation and “what would look good” approach.

    Instead of showing how Tamujin raised to become the Khan, the movie concentrates on portraying the main character to be a “survivalist jack of all trades”, going from one imprisonment to the other. Only to be saved by his wife Borte, who is portrayed as a whore (even in historical manuscripts only Jadgi “The Visitor” was said to be suspected not to be Tamujin’s son and was born AFTER Borte was rescued).

    This movie could be so much better, but cheap graphics effects, badly reconstructed costumes and messed up history facts truly makes me hope for better luck next time.

    As a fantasy movie to watch, it is great and has nice fighting scenes… As something at least relatively resembling history,unfortunately, it does very poorly.
    Rating: 1 / 5

  4. Everything about an epic is done on grand scale: It is a work of art that crosses a great expanse of land, involves several generations, and focuses on the life of a great hero and including magic and great feats. “Mongol” certainly meets this definition. Temudjin is not yet a hero, but by the end of the film, the viewer sees this man rise from year after year of personal defeat to becoming Mongolia’s greatest leader, indeed, one of history’s greatest leaders.

    Add to the basic story line taken directly from the mists of history when little was recorded of this particular hero is a cast and crew of epic proportions. Sergei Bodrov, the director, is Russian; Tadanobu Asamo, who plays Temudjin, is Japanese, and Khulan Chuluun, or Borte, Temudjin’s hand-picked wife, was picked by the director from the streets of a city in Mongolia. Sun Honglei, who plays Jamukha, the blood brother, is Chinese.

    The story follows history accurately, as best is known. As another reviewer did, I also want to compare this film with “Genghis Khan: To the End of the Earth and Sea,” directed by Shinichiro Sawai, a Japanese, with Takashi Sorimachi, a Japanese actor in the title role. “Mongol” may have been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Film, but I tip my hat to “Genghis Khan” for a more detailed story and a better understanding of characters across the board: Temujin, Borte, the mother, the blood brother.

    The major difference between the two films is the story of the man and wife. As young children, she picked him as husband, convincing him to pick her. Against his father’s wishes, he does so. His father the Khan was in the process of arranging a marriage with an enemy clan to heal enmity. Years later once they are wed, she is stolen from him by an enemy clan. In a most unusual battle in a most unusual place, Temudjin rescues his bride, binding them forever. An incident breaches the trust issue of the two blood brothers, which is never healed (two of Jamukha’s best warriors go with Temudjin. According to this film, Temudjin first starts making up Mongol rules at this point. He tells Jamukha that “Mongols are free to choose their leader.”

    When he is captured, Borte moves mountain and stream to free him. Well, not exactly, but close to it. At one point when he leaves her to go start Mongolia, he tells her he will always come back. And he does.

    “Mongol” is more a minimalist film to reflect the minimalist setting in which the story is placed–wide open vistas, huge panoramas with mountainous scenery always in the distance. Any time Temudjun appears on the open plains, he runs (if he doesn’t have a horse–A Mongol always rides his horse), as if to say, one cannot get anywhere if he doesn’t run.

    Even though “Genghis Khan” is filmed in similar territory, there is a greater sense of detail–in clothing, habitat, and story. At the end the Disney figure of Mulan appears in the story as a lead soldier in Genghis’s army.

    If you liked “Mongol,” see Genghis Khan: To the Ends of the Earth and Sea for a little different version of the same story. Or vice versa. If you are in a college class, ask to write a comparative/contrast paper about the two. What fun!
    Rating: 4 / 5

  5. Mongol – movie review

    One part violence, one part authentic & stunning visual cinematography, and unfortunately one part boring. I don’t want to be overly critical, but I found myself managing through parts of this movie that seemed sleepy, unengaging and oddly repetitive. There were other parts I really liked, finding my imagination captured, even distantly recalling scenes from “Conan The Barbarian” (father & son scene discussing their god).

    Also, please note, I want to clarify that I’m sensitive to the notion that Asian actors might be perceived by someone like me (a caucasian American) as lacking in range of emotion and facial expressions, and perhaps that’s a better alternative to over acting. But with Temudjin’s grown-up “Brother”/turned-enemy showcasing a livelier character, I was left wishing for more from Temudjin himself. Also, the transition of Temudjin from childhood to suddenly +40 year old actor was a filmmaker’s faux pas.

    A movie true to the tale, or in need of a script revision? I am undecided. Lastly, in some spots I felt the fight scenes were not up to the standard of story telling quality as the rest of the film, especially when he tosses the spear into a victim who suddenly springs backwards, and the computer animated blood effects seemed a little off in color. I’m probably being way too picky, but as much as I tried to embrace this movie, I found myself yawning and picking up on the little details.

    Rating: 2 / 5

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