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The Blue Wolf (2007)

Posted under Japanese Movies by admin on Saturday 28 February 2009 at 00:40

When “The Blue Wolf: To the Ends of the Earth and Sea” finished production the movie was lauded as the most expensive Japanese movie ever made. The film cost a reported $30 million dollars to make, while filming occurred on location in Mongolia for four months.

A look at Genghis Khan’s life, from his birth to conquests in Asia.

Also Known As:

Genghis Khan: To the Ends of the Earth and Sea (USA) (new title)
The Blue Wolf: To the Ends of the Earth and Sea (International: English title)

Plot Synopsis

“….Genghis Khan… Assailed himself by doubts over the secret of his birth, facing conflict and betrayal by his sworn friend, and his mixed feeling of love and hatred for the son who bears the same burden…. Together with the scenes such as an intense battle in which 5,000 Mongolian Army soldiers appear, and over 27,000 people mounted as extras to film this entertainment epic, the hero now emerges from the history that has concealed him for so long.”

The story itself starts off with the future mother of Genghis Khan named Hoelan being taken from her tribe by Genghis Khan’s future father Yesugei. Shortly afterwards Genghis Khan is born and the movie then fast forwards in time to when Genghis Khan is fourteen years old. Two people that would play an important part in Genghis Khan’s adult life are introduced here : Bolte (his future wife) and Jamuqa (his lifelong “devoted” friend). The movie then jumps seven more years – to when Genghis starts his career as a global conqueror.

Filming Location: Mongolia


Takashi Sorimachi Genghis Khan
Rei Kikukawa … Bolte
Mayumi Wakamura … Hoelun
Ken’ichi Matsuyama Jochi
Yoshihiko Hakamada Khasar
Eugene Nomura … Borchu

Release Date : March 3, 2007
Country : Japan
Director : Shinichiro Sawai
Starring : Takashi Sorimachi (Genghis Khan), Mayumi Wakamura (Hoelan), Rei Kikukawa (Bolte)
Runtime : 136 Minutes


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