The Japanese release of the
Mongolian epic, "Aoki Okami: chi hate umi tsukiru made"
(Genghis Khan: To the Ends Of Earth and Sea), is being seen by audiences
Shot in Japan and Mongolia
with a $30 million budget, the story depicts a more sensitive Ghengis
Khan than is usual as the film delves into his earlier life.
Japanese idol Takashi Sorimachi
stars as Temujin/Genghis Khan. The film is in Japanese and subtitled
for various audiences.
During four months of filming
in Mongolia, many local actors and extras were employed. During one
battle scene 5,000 Mongolian soldiers appear, and over 27,000 people
are employed as extras.
The North American premiere
of the film was on November 11 at the 10th annual San Francisco Asian
Film Festival and the 5th San Francisco Korean American Film Festival.