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Film: Mongol, Central Asian Studies Society, Harper 141, Wednesday, April 27, 6pm




Mongol: The Rise of Genghis Khan
Starring Tadanobu Asano, Honglei Sun, Khulan Chuluun, Amadu Mamadakov
Written by Arif Aliev & Sergei Bodrov
Directed by Sergei Bodrov
2 hours 6 minutes
MPAA rated R for sequences of bloody warfare.

Award-winning Russian filmmaker Sergei Bodrov (Prisoner of the Mountains) illuminates the life and legend of Genghis Khan in his stunning historical epic, MongolMongol delves into the dramatic and harrowing early years of the ruler who was born as Temüjin in 1162. As it follows Temüjin from his perilous childhood to the battle that sealed his destiny, the film paints a multidimensional portrait of the future conqueror. Mongol shows us the making of an extraordinary man, and the foundation on which much so much of his greatness rested: his wife Börte, his lifelong love and most trusted advisor.

Mongol, from its thrilling battles to its intimate romance, has the look, scale,
story and feel of an old-fashioned epic in the best and biggest sense of the word.”
Orlando Sentinel

“The action sequences here are first-rate, the performances are uniformly excellent,
the cinematography as good as I’ve seen in any film this year.”
—Richard Roeper

“As a visual spectacle, it is all but overwhelming, putting to shame
some of the recent historical epics from Hollywood.”
—Roger Ebert

“Bodrov has simply created an overwhelmingly awesome Khan who could believably
conquer the overwhelmingly awesome landscape over the course of two more films.”
—M.E. Russell

Mongol is the first film of a proposed trilogy that charts his conquest of half the
known world. If the sequels match this one, they can’t come soon enough.”
Minneapolis Star-Tribune

“I don’t know the Mongolian word for panache, but Mongol‘s got plenty of it.
The battle scenes are as notable for their clarity as their intensity…”
Wall Street Journal

“Russian filmmaker Sergei Bodrov contrasts images of sweeping
landscape and propulsive battle with potent scenes of emotional
intimacy in Mongol, his quite grand, quite exotic, David Lean-style epic.”
Entertainment Weekly

Week 5, Wednesday, April 27, 6:00

Harper Hall, Room 141
Anyone needing assistance with accommodation, please e-mail Bill Walsh at

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