Genghis Khan: To the Ends of the Earth and Sea

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Genghis Khan: To the Ends of the Earth and Sea
Genghis Khan 2007 film poster.jpg
Japanese poster
Directed by Shinichirō Sawai
Produced by Minoru Ebihara
Haruki Kadokawa
Katsuhito Matsuura
Yutaka Okada
Akihiko Ōsugi
Yoshiaki Tokutome
Written by Takehiro Nakajima
Shōichi Maruyama
Based on Novels by Seiichi Morimura
Starring Takashi Sorimachi
Rei Kikukawa
Mayumi Wakamura
Music by Taro Iwashiro
Cinematography Yonezō Maeda
Edited by Akimasa Kawashima
Production
company
Genghis Khan: To the Ends of the Earth and Sea FPC
(Kadokawa Haruki, Avex, H.I.S., Tokyo FM, Shochiku, Yahoo! Japan, Japan FM Network, Yomiuri Shimbun, Japan Airlines)
Distributed by Shochiku (Japan)
Funimation (U.S.)[1]
Release dates March 3, 2007 (Japan)
February 21, 2008 (U.S. limited)[1]
Running time 136 minutes
Country Japan/Mongolia
Language Japanese
Budget US$30 million

Genghis Khan: To the Ends of Earth and Sea (蒼き狼 地果て海尽きるまで Aoki Ōkami: Chi Hate Umi Tsukiru Made?, lit. "The Blue Wolf: To the Ends of the Earth and Sea") is a 2007 Japanese - Mongolian historical drama film depicting the life of Genghis Khan.

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Plot[edit]

Temujin (Sorimachi Takashi) is born the son of the chief of a Mongolian tribe, and grows up as the one who carries the blood of “blue wolf”. When he is grown up, he marries Borte (Kikukawa Rei), but one night, she is taken away by another tribe. When Temujin rescues her, she is pregnant, and a boy is born not long thereafter. As the boy may be a son of a stranger, Temujin names him Jochi (Matsuyama Kenichi), meaning outsider, and refuses to accept him as his son. The time goes on and Temujin is enthrowned as the King of Mongolia. He changes his name to Genghis Khan and pledges to avenge his long-time enemy, the Jin Dynasty. Genghis Khan finally acknowledges Jochi as his own son, and they decide to fight together, but Jochi is killed by the enemy. The lonely battle of Genghis continues without end. A historical drama about the life of Genghis Khan, a hero who united the Mongol Empire.[2]

Production[edit]

Takehiro Nakajima and Shōichi Maruyama adapted the screenplay from the historical-fiction novels Chi Hate Umi Tsukiru Made: Shōsetsu Chingisu Hān (Ue) and Chi Hate Umi Tsukiru Made: Shōsetsu Chingisu Hān (Shita) by Seiichi Morimura.

The film cost US$30 million to make, and was filmed over four months in 2006 in Mongolia, featuring more than 27,000 extras, as well as 5,000 Mongolian Army soldiers.[3]

Release[edit]

Genghis Khan: To the Ends of Earth and Sea was released in Japan on March 3, 2007, and in Hong Kong on April 26, 2007. The film was screened at the Cannes Film Market, the Moscow International Film Festival and the 2007 Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival. It was the opening film of the 5th World Film Festival of Bangkok and the San Francisco Asian Film Festival.

Genghis Khan was released by The Bigger Picture in only 40 U.S. theaters on February 21, 2008. As of February 25, it has made only US$3,892 there. It grossed nearly US$11 million in Japan and Mongolia.[1]

Genghis Khan was released on DVD in the US in 2008.

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