Synopsis: The movie is an epic story of a young Genghis Khan and how events in his early life lead him to become a legendary conqueror. The 9-year-old Temüjin is taken on a trip by his father to select a girl as his future wife. He meets Börte, who says she would like to be chosen, which he does. He promises to return after five years to marry her. Temüjin's father is poisoned on the trip, and dies. As a boy Temüjin passes through starvation, humiliations and even slavery, but later with the help of Börte he overcomes all of his childhood hardships to become one of the greatest conquerors the world has ever known.
Director(s): Sergei Bodrov
Production: Picturehouse
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 14 wins & 11 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
126 min

Do not hate a weak child,

it may be the son of a tiger!



a film by Sergei Bodrov Sr


The monk you've sent

to find your wife is dead.

Do you hear me?

Tungus steppe,

When I was 9, my father was taking

me to the merkits to find a bride.

Some time ago he stole from them my

mother and they have not forgotten that.

Now my father had

to make peace with them.

So he decided to marry me off to a merkit.

I could not refuse.

Here lives my friend Dai-Sechen.

We'll sleep over his place.

Welcome, my friend Esugei!

I am glad to see you.

Your son has grown.

Please come in.

What's your name?

- Temujin.

I should be the one to ask first you know.

How old are you?


You're younger than me.

By how much?

By one year.

Why have you come?

I'm going over to the merkits to find a bride.

We decided to sleep over here.

Wise people come to

our clan, to choose brides.

Goodbye Temujin.

Wait! What's your name?

- Borte.


it's me you should chose!

Well Done!

Lets wrestle Targutay!

I'm drunk and you'll beat me.

You're not only stupid,

but you're weak too!

Mosquitoes here are vicious.

I want to choose a bride from here.

Why would you do that?

This clan is weak.

Wise people come here to find brides.

I have to make my peace with the merkits.

I'll just give it a go.

They'll be Insulted if you dont choose

If their clan is weak,

let them be insulted.

Remember what

I am about to tell you now!

It is important not to go wrong

nd chose your bride correctly.

Her face should be flat

like the surface of the salt lake.

And the eyes narrow.

Evil spirits dive in

wide eyes and she goes mad.

She will not see

what is for real.

And most important: don't forget

to look at their feet.

The stronger

womens' feet are,

the bigger the pleasure

the man gets. Got it?

You will be my bride.

- I will.

I've chosen my bride.

For her, I'll give you a sable skin coat.

Your son did the right choice.

Right or not, time will tell.

We can go on our way now.

You are right. This is

a great honor for my clan.

They can get wed in 5 years.

This is a white crow' bone. If you rub

it any whish of yours comes true.

I'll be back in 5 years.

Why didn't you listen to me?

You're stubborn

and did it all your way.

I saw her and I immediately

knew she is my bride.

What am I to say to the merkits now?

They wont forgive me this.

Oh well,

be what it may.

We were going home,

and my father was silent.

Finally he told me:

You did right.

A man should choose his bride himself.

I didn't know this day

will change my life forever.

Are you afraid?


When there's thunder

it means god Tengri is angered.

That's why all Mongols

are afraid of thunder.


So what?! Blood should not be

spilled in a resting camp.

Please accept this milk from my master

- Thank you. Have a seat

Thank you.

Esugei, let the servant drink first.

Look at how they stare at us.

They are our enemies.

But if I Knan Esugei

break the custom,

the world will turn up side down.

You're not well Esugei,

lets stop.

Shut your mouth

You cant decide.

They poisoned our khan!


I'm leaving you son.

You are the khan now.

Be strong!

And pray to our god, the master

of the blue sky- the almighty Tengri,

and he will help you...

Take everything!

Dont you dare!

That's the khans' stud!

He protected you!

Go away!

You're ungrateful

Why arent you afraid Tarugai?

Khan Esugei is dead.

My son is khan now

He'll take his vengeance on you!

You wish for his death?

Run! Quick!

- Get him!

What madness got

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