Alexander Zabrin
Lisa Schwarzbaum
June 06, 2008 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Mongol

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
124 minutes
Limited Release Date
06/06/08
performer
Tadanobu Asano, Sun Ben Hon
director
Sergei Bodrov
author
Arif Aliyev, Sergei Bodrov

We gave it a B+

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, a foreign-language Oscar nominee. Here are the early-12th-century days of Temudgin (Tadanobu Asano, from Japan), the brilliant military tactician who would become Genghis Khan, with emphasis on Temudgin’s loving relationship with his wife (Khulan Chuluun, from Mongolia) and his frenemy relationship with his ”blood brother” Jamukha (Honglei Sun, from China). B+

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