nomad and mongol

Here's the U.S. trailer for Nomad, Kazakhstan's epic movie answer to the ridicule of Borat. It's about a man who is destined to unite the warring tribes of Kazakhstan against Mongol invaders. Starring dudes like Jason Scott Lee, Mark Dacascos, Archie Kao, Ron Yuan and others. I think the movie opened in select theaters last weekend, and according to box office reports it made $14,250. I think Borat wins.

Along similar lines, here's the official site for the upcoming movie Mongol, about the early life of Genghis Khan. Believe it or not, the movie is directed by Sergei Bodrov, the same guy who directed Nomad. And if I'm not mistaken, this is the same project that originally had Khan being played by Channing Tatum (yes, a white guy), who reportedly dropped out due to scheduling conflict. As you can see from the photo (the guy with the sword), Khan is played Japanese actor Tadanobu Asano. The movie is scheduled to be released this year from Picturehouse.

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