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Genghis Khan: To the Ends of the Earth and Sea (Special Edition)

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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.

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  • 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, Special Edition, NTSC, Color, Widescreen, Subtitled
    • Language: Japanese, English
    • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
    • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
    • Number of discs: 2
    • Rated:
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      Restricted
    • Studio: Funimation
    • DVD Release Date: April 21, 2009
    • Run Time: 136 minutes
    • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
    • ASIN: B001R10BDW
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,331 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
    • Learn more about "Genghis Khan: To the Ends of the Earth and Sea (Special Edition)" on IMDb

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    By [KNDY] Dennis A. Amith TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 6, 2009
    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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    Viewers in the west may not readily recognize the subtle inauthenticity of this opus. The production is Japanese, and it looks, well.. Japanese, with an unwarranted kinship to samurai epics. There's a lot of flags and swordplay that stylistically don't fit the subject matter. A much more authentic production is MONGOL on the same subject. But neither go very far in the career of Genghis Khan. Here he comes off as a sensitive, considerate kind of guy. You don't see any of the mass slaughter as he and his hordes moved west. Mostly what you have is the early Genghis, as he's starting out, his travails, up to the point where he begins his conquests. So if you're looking for how he amassed the largest land empire on the earth you won't find it here. The subtitle is "To the Ends of the Earth & Sea," but in this production he doesn't get very far.
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    Big, epic wannebe historical pic of Genghis Khan, from Japan. Best is Mongolian landscape that seems unchanged. Not has much drama or depth than an earlier Japanese film on Khan, world's most successful empire builder.
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    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 tribe, to his eventual rise as the leader of Mongolia in 1206. The film demonstrates his ability both as a warrior and a politician. He was able to defeat many rivals and unify the warring tribes both by his military skill but also by his sense of justice. The cinematography is outstanding, with sweeping scenes of the Asian steppes and massed cavalry battles. What is missing is the sequel, and in this sense the title is somewhat misleading. The film ends with the start of a military campaign against China, which launched a series of wars of conquest, wars that would be decided by sheer annihilation. Under Genghis and his successor Ogedei, the Mongol empire would expand to cover much of Asia at its zenith in 1279. The wars were also unparalleled in their lethality, with deaths in the tens of millions. The more interesting story is what came later.
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    There are more than a dozen films on Genghis already, so this one tried to present something different in order to be original. Note that the film is only available in Japanese with English subtitles. Unfortunately, it did not entirely work for me, and I will try to explain why in a moment.

    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.
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