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Running Time:
2 hours, 4 minutes

Rating: R Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Adult.

Rating Explanation:
for sequences of bloody warfare.

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
A dazzling, awe-inspiring tale of survival and triumph, and a dramatic love story as well.

The film transports us back to the 12th century, a distant and exotic period in world history. It opens with a few days in the life of Temudgin (Asano Tadanobu) , a nine year old boy who would eventually grow to become the great Genghis Khan. Prepared by his father, the local clan chief, to marry a bride from a rival clan in hopes of establishing peace, Temudgin instead falls for the lovely Borte (Khulan Chuluun), a young girl from a friendly, much less powerful tribe. Temudgin tricks his father into allowing him to choose her instead, thus guaranteeing continued trouble rather than peace. On their return home Temudginís father is poisoned and his fatherís own lieutenants turn on the young boy and his family, stealing their flocks and goods and forcing them to flee. And so Temudginís young life is spent on the run, always on the move, always afraid for his own life.

As the film moves forward through the years, Japanese star Tadanobu Asano takes over the role of the adult Temudgin. Though he is eventually able to marry his young bride, Temudginís life becomes even more difficult. His enemies mount in number and every success is followed by a corresponding set back. The rival Merkit tribe he was supposed to marry into kidnaps his bride, and his fatherís betrayer makes himself Khan. Temudgin is eventually captured and sold into slavery and sent to a far off kingdom. His life is an epic struggle, a classic case of what does not destroy him making him stronger. Temudgin eventually returns to his homeland with a fiercely strong will, a strong sense of justice, and the belief that the Mongol people need to be united, even if half of them must be killed to do it.

Masterfully blending action and emotion against some of the most beautiful terrain in the world, director Sergei Bodrov delivers an exciting and awe-inspiring tale of survival and triumph, and a love story for the ages. It is reported to be the first part of a planned trilogy. It was also one of the Oscar nominees for Best Foreign Film of 2007.

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