Director: Sergei Bodrov
Cast: Tadanobu Asano, Honglei Sun, Khulan Chuluun, Odnyam Odsuren
Films don't get much more international than this: co-production credits aside, there's a Japanese lead actor, an Award-winning Russian director and a Chinese and Mongolian supporting cast. Mongol is a sweeping historical epic in the grand tradition. As the first part of a projected trilogy about the life of Genghis Khan, Mongol covers about twenty years, starting in 1172 when Temudjin - Khan's original name - is aged nine. It's an eventful year, encompassing both his choice of a future wife and the murder (by poisoning) of his beloved father. Subsequent formative experiences include capture and humiliation.
Based on leading historical accounts and a nominee for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 2008 Academy Awards, Mongol delves into the dramatic and harrowing early years of the ruler 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 legend, 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.
Filmed in the very lands that gave birth to Genghis Khan, Mongol transports us back to a distant and exotic period in world history; to a nomad's landscape of endless space, climatic extremes and ever-present danger. In a performance of powerful stillness and subtlety, celebrated young Japanese actor Asano Tadanobu (Zatoichi, Last Life in the Universe) captures the inner fire that enabled a hunted boy to become a legendary conqueror. Masterfully blending action and emotion against some of the most arresting terrain on earth, Bodrov delivers an exciting and awe-inspiring tale of survival and triumph, and a love story for the ages.
Film Title: Mongol
When: Friday 22nd Aug 6.45pm; Sat 23rd 6.45pm; Sun 24th 4.30pm
Rating: (MA) 2hrs 10m - Strong battle violence
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