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Genghis Khan: To the Ends of the Earth & Sea - Special Edition [Blu-ray]


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After 27 years of planning, Genghis Khan: To the Ends of the Earth and Sea finally captures the mystery and majesty of one of history’s greatest rulers – Genghis Khan. This landmark achievement of Japanese cinema represents an epic undertaking not soon to be rivaled. Genghis Khan: The name a legend. The man… Near myth. A soul obscured by his own achievements; Son, husband, father, conqueror. Genghis Khan: To the Ends of the Earth and Sea weaves the saga of one exalted man’s march toward immortality and the battle to unite the tribes of Mongol under one rule.

DVD Extras:

  • Filiming Journal
  • Uncut Battle Scenes
  • Premiere Screenings
  • Peek Behind the Scenes
  • Great Plains of Mongolia


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    Epic sweep and intimate details flow together as Genghis Khan: To the Ends of the Earth and Sea paints the story of Temujin (Takashi Sorimachi), the man who became Genghis Khan. Though the movie starts before Temujin was born, follows his rise from outcast adolescent to charismatic chief, and ends when the newly anointed Khan marches on the Great Wall of China with the unified Mongol tribes in lockstep behind him, the story doesn't lurch and stumble with every leap in time. Surprisingly, given that empire-building is usually depicted as a boys-only activity, the female characters are as well-drawn as the male; Temujin's mother and first wife are central to this warrior's life and their trials illustrate the volatile conflicts between the tribes. As with any vast epic, To the Ends of the Earth and Sea has its moments of cheese--there's a traumatic death towards the end that is pure melodrama (and historically questionable) and the closing love song is Celine-Dion-worthy--but they're exceptions. Most of To the Ends of the Earth and Sea evokes a raw and brutal world and of the politics and rituals that develop to give life meaning. And of course there are spectacular battle scenes, full of rugged cavalry charging the field and warriors tumbling from their horses, felled by arrows or swords. All in all, a meaty and satisfying blockbuster. --Bret Fetzer

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    Product Details

    • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Color, Widescreen, Subtitled
    • Language: Japanese, English
    • Subtitles: English
    • Dubbed: Japanese, English
    • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
    • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
    • Number of discs: 1
    • Rated: R (Restricted)
    • Studio: Funimation
    • DVD Release Date: April 21, 2009
    • Run Time: 136 minutes
    • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
    • ASIN: B001R10BAK
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,795 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
    • Learn more about "Genghis Khan: To the Ends of the Earth & Sea - Special Edition [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

    Customer Reviews

    It is action packed with very realistic battles.
    Seamus MacDougle
    If this had been directed by Kurosawa the film might have had more of an epic sweep and grandeur.
    Wayne Klein
    This wasn't a bad movie at all, but I don't think it will stick in my memory for too long.
    D. Edwards

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    59 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Judy K. Polhemus VINE VOICE on September 14, 2008
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    Creating a magnificently filmed biographical epic of the rise of the great Genghis Khan is a daring adventure in film history. Although the film has the look of success, bringing the Khan to life is only partially realized. Part myth, part history, Genghis Kahn steadily rises to power, making bold battle decisions and faltering rarely. What is missing from this solid film is a core of passion. Too many scenes drag.

    Director Shinichiro Sawai wanted to be circumspect in telling the story of Temujin, who finally unites the Mongols to claim the title Genghis Khan. But in presenting Temujin as a man growing into leadership, Sawai has to evade some truths. The Temujin of this film, played by Takashi Sorimachi, is thoughtful and honorable, almost to a fault, a reputation at odds with the one of history.

    Toward the end of the film, Khan tells Kulan, his female soldier, that blood must be spilled to open borders, a seeming contradiction that is sensible to him. Indeed, having a whole world without borders is perhaps a euphemism for total world domination. Another omission from history is that the Khan left his DNA all over Asia and Europe yet none of this is part of the story. In fact, the movie implies that Temujin is faithful to the one wife. It's little telling points like these that make the film less effective. Having a hero without warts is terribly unrealistic and unreasonable.

    The film is episodic in nature, presenting key moments in Temujin's life, showing what manner of man he is all along his life's journey.
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    33 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Chris Swanson VINE VOICE on August 31, 2008
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    Genghis Khan was one of the great military minds of history. He built an empire that spread from China into Europe. His armies fought in modern Hungary and even, if I remember correctly, into Vienna. One of his few failings, in fact, was was attempt to invade Japan. An effort that was foiled by the original kamakaze.

    This film tells the life of Genghis back when he was just Temujin. We see him coming of age, meeting his future wife and blood-brother, and learning military tactics. The story leads from there up to his rise to power, eventually becoming Khan and ends with him about to invade China.

    Technically the movie is quite good! Filmed on location in Mongolia, you see some of the areas where the battles actually happen. The battles themselves, when you see them in the film, are stunning! I understand there were thousands of extras involved in the film, and you really see them. The only real problem with the battle scenes is that they are rather brief.

    The costumes are impressive, and the sets are well done. Love the wheeled yurt. :)

    Where the movie fails is that it seems rather disjointed at parts. I'm betting there are large parts of the film we aren't seeing. I don't know if they are available in a special edition overseas or something, but they are sure aren't here.

    The film gets four stars from me, but the DVD gets exactly zero. Why? First, there's no extras. At all. Zero. There's trailers, but I never count those. There's also a very annoying trailer at the begining of the DVD which you aren't allowed to skip over. I'm also rather confused as to why Funimation, which apparently specializes in anime, is releasing this DVD here in the States.

    Still and all, I liked this movie. I don't know that I'll watch it again, but I'm glad to have watched it once.
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    Format: Blu-ray
    A film that took twenty five years to plan, it was not until 2006 when major music label and entertainment company Avex Entertainment, Inc. along with producers Haruki Kadokawa ("Yamato", "Kamui no Ken") and Katsuhito Matsuura took on one of most expensive and ambitious projects ever done by Japanese filmmakers.

    The plan was to adapt Seiichi Morimura's historical fiction novel "Chi hate umi tsukiru made: Shôsetsu Chingisu Hân" to film and for several months, in order to create this epic film, the needed to shoot in rural Mongolia, fly their talent and crew and make Mongolia almost like their second home for four months.

    But that wasn't all, the film would then entail of having over a thousand crew members, over 27,000 extras and 5,000 Mongolian Army Soldiers involved and also to transport a large number of animals and to try and recreate this time from over 800 years ago into film. To base this film around a warrior named Temujin also known as Genghis Khan, the conqueror of Asia.

    Many of us know of Genghis Khan from books or films as having one of the largest contiguous empires ever created but knowing that he is also credited for unifying Mongolia and re-uniting China.

    As many films have shown the war tactician and his conquering of lands, "GENGHIS KHAN: TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH AND SEA" goes a different route. This time humanizing the ruler by showing him as a son, a father, a conqueror and most importantly, a man who loves his country but wanted peace but in order to achieve piece, he had to unify all nomadic tribes in Mongolia.
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