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This Week's Film: Mongol
Cuisine: Mongolian

Nominated in 2008 for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, Mongol is the first of a three-part epic that tells the story of Temudjin, a young orphan boy whose devotion to Börte, his chosen bride, led him to become Genghis Khan, one of the most powerful conquerors in human history.

Although Mongol director and co-writer Sergei Bodrov may not be a household name in mainstream cinema, he already has a lengthy CV as a writer, director, and producer of more than 30 films, including Drunken Sailor (2007), Nomad (2005), and Bear’s Kiss (2002), with three more projects in development (including the two sequels to Mongol, perhaps?). But with the exception of Mongol star Tadanobu Asano, whose films include Rampo Noir and Last Life in the Universe, and a few of his co-stars, most of the supporting cast are absolute beginners.

The film’s many battle scenes required 1,500 horses and riders, all of whom had to be trained for the production. And some of the scenes were filmed in such remote locations in China, Mongolia, and Kazakhstan, that access roads had to be created before filming could begin. But even with all these special preparations, filming required less than six months.

For more details, visit IMDb, and the official Mongol website.

My film review will be posted at the end of the week, along with my Mongolian recipe.

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