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Rated R · 120 minutes · 2008

The Mongolian Braveheart, with all that implies. Russian director Sergei Bodrov’s epic account of the 12th-century rise to power of Mongol warrior chief Temudgin, aka Genghis Khan, achieves heights of rugged adventure and authentic-looking ethnography but also plums the depths of big, dumb spectacle-hood, with geysers of blood and “wolf-spirit-summoning” scenes Mel Gibson might be ashamed of — or not. Japanese actor Asano Tadanobu does not embarrass himself in the title role. Neither do Khulan Chuluun as Temudgin’s wife Borte (check her manicured hands), Honglei Sun as rival chieftain Jamukha, and young Odnyam Odsuren as the hero at age nine, the original hard-luck kid. CGI work is average. The German-Kazakh-Russian-Mongolian production was written by Arif Aliyev and Bodrov (124 min.).
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Director: Sergei Bodrov
Writer: Arif Aliyev and Sergei Bodrov
Producer: Sergei Bodrov, Bulat Galimgereyev, Philip Lee, Anton Melnik and Sergei Selyanov
Cast: Tadanobu Asano, Channing Tatum, Khulan Chuluun, Amadu Mamadakov, Odnyam Odsuren and Amarbold Tuvshinbayar



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