Nomad (2005 film)
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Sergei Bodrov
|Produced by||Ram Bergman
|Written by||Rustam Ibragimbekov|
Jason Scott Lee
|Music by||Carlo Siliotto|
|Edited by||Ivan Lebedev
|Distributed by||The Weinstein Company|
|Running time||112 minutes|
Nomad: The Warrior (Kazakh: Көшпенділер, Köşpendiler) is a 2005 Kazakh historical epic film written and co-produced by Rustam Ibragimbekov, executive-produced by Miloš Forman and directed by Sergei Bodrov, Ivan Passer and Talgat Temenov. It was released on March 16, 2007 in North America, distributed by The Weinstein Company. The film has been shot in two versions: in Kazakh by Temenov for distribution in Kazakhstan and in English by Passer and Bodrov for distribution worldwide. The government of Kazakhstan invested $40 million in the movie production, making it the most expensive Kazakh film ever made. Nomad was Kazakhstan's official entry for Best Foreign Language Film for the 79th Academy Awards.
Short plot outline
Nomad is an historical epic set in 18th-century Kazakhstan. The film is a fictionalized account of the youth and coming-of-age of Ablai Khan, a descendant of Genghis Khan, as he grows and fights to defend the fortress at Hazrat-e Turkestan from Dzungar invaders.
- Jay Hernandez as Yearly [sic]
- Dilnaz Akhmadieva as Hocha
- Kuno Becker as Mansur
- Azis Beyshinaliev as Ragbat
- Mark Dacascos as Sharish
- Archie Kao as Shangrek
- Jason Scott Lee as Oraz
- Ayan Yesmagambetova as Gaukhar
- Tungyshbay Jamanqulov as Abilqair
- Doskhan Joljaqsynov as Galdan Ceren
- Yerik Joljaqsynov as Barak
The film was released in the United States on March 16, 2007 (limited release) and March 30, 2007 (wide release).
І том “Алмас қылыш” (баспа “Шығыс-Батыс”, София, 2006)
ІІ том “Жанталас” (баспа “Шығыс-Батыс”, София, 2007)
ІІІ том “Хан Кене” (баспа “Шығыс-Батыс”, София, 2008)
Variety critic Leslie Felperin, who viewed the film at the Locarno Film Festival wrote that, "nearly every tenge (Kazakhstan's local currency) and euro from French-based co-production partner Wild Bunch is visible on screen, judging by pic's elaborate costumes, sets and cast of a thousand or so — real people not digitally generated extras", and that co-directors "Passer and Bodrov, assisted by (per credits) 'local director' Talgat Temenov, have enough skill to make Nomad compelling by dint of old-school sincerity and sheer spectacle. [...] [the cast shows] the necessary displays of athletic prowess and toothsome looks, particularly from the virile Becker".
In the United States, it was a box office bomb, as the film was only able to scrape $79,123. While most of the critics enjoyed the cinematography and the action scenes, they criticized the film for rudimentary acting, confused directing and, for some critics who saw the English version, poor dubbing. The critics especially noted that the film had very poor screenwriting, for lines such as a scene between Mansur (Kuno Becker) and Gauhar (Ayan Yesmagambetova): 'Mansur: You have the scent of the moon', Gauhar: 'Does the moon have a scent?'.
Awards and nominations
- List of most expensive non-English language films
- List of historical drama films of Asia
- Ten Great Campaigns
- Zunghar Khanate
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- "Nomad (The Warrior)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 15 August 2011.
- "Nomad release dates". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2007-03-12.
- Ілияс Есенберлин “Көшпенділер” - Embassy of Kazakhstan in Bulgaria
- Variety review
- From Las Vegas Weekly
- Nomad at AllMovie
- Nomad at Rotten Tomatoes
- Nomad at the Internet Movie Database
- Universcinema.com (French)
- OutNow! Movie Review (German)