Genghis Khan: To the Ends of the Earth & Sea - Special Edition [Blu-ray]
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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.Read more ›
The sceneries, the screenshot and the battle scenes are quite striking and beautiful, with masses of extras and thousands of soldiers of the Mongolian Army involved, as you could expect for a 30 million dollars film. However, and contrary to the advertising blurb, this is not "the true story of Genghis Khan". It is not even all of it. Instead, this is a mix of legends and interpretations which focus mainly on his early years and on his unification of the tribes to make the Mongols.
You get just nothing about the expeditions to the North and West, apart from a mention that Jochi, the eldest son of the Khan, was leading it. Even this is not quite true. Initially at least, Genghis did not let him go alone and had him accompanied by some of his most experienced generals. The film also stops just as the Mongols attack the Great Wall. So you have nothing about the first campaigns against China and nothing about the war against the Kwarizmian shah. Simply put, the last decade of the Conqueror's life is omitted. The conclusion here is that this is hardly the story of his life and conquests. Instead, it is the story of how he unified the Mongols.
Despite this, the film has quite a few other things going for it, although I found that it bordered on the melodramatic at times. It is essentially about Temudjin, rather than about Genghis Khan. It is about his sense of honour and loyalty, as how this fierce war leader triumphed despite being betrayed time and again.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I didn't realize this was subtitled, but a good flick nonetheless. Delivered promptly and well packaged.Published 1 month ago by Ed Jones
It was a great movie and history behind the great Genghis Khan and it demonstrated how he came to be such a powerful Mongol. Read morePublished 2 months ago by mary
It's a movie, not history, but respectfully made, and there's enough detail in clothing, weapons, transport that it's worth the price just to see a Japanese-Chinese cooperation... Read morePublished 11 months ago by parhelion
This Japanese production chronicles the rise of Genghis Khan (1162-1227), from his birth as Temujin, through his brutal adolescence in which his family was expelled from their... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Glenn Richards
Item just as described, I have nothing bad to say about it since it is exactly what I was looking for.Published 21 months ago by Shirley C Bunch
I have read 4 of the 5 books about Genghis Kahn so I enjoyed the movie very much. The subtitles were easy to follow.Published 21 months ago by Patricia Kern