A young boy prophesied to unite the warring tribes of his country grows up to face rivalry, bloodshed and perhaps a little romance in this first-time big-budget historical production from and about Kazakhstan. A haunting Golden Globe-nominated score accompanies the epic starring Kuno Becker as Mansur, the proposed savior, Jay Hernandez as Mansur's best friend, Jason Scott Lee as a Kazak warrior and Mark Dacascos as a villainous swordsman.
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Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1Subtitles
NoLanguage and sound
Kazakh: Dolby Digital 2.0 StereoOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access.
Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this English-dubbed action movie set in 1700s Kazakhstan is very bloody, with fights between armies as well as individuals wielding swords, spears, and arrows. Violence includes dismemberment, bloody wounds, and decapitation (heads are displayed as trophies). A vengeful mother insists that her son's murderer be killed; when he isn't, she attempts to poison him. All of the fighting results in bloody bodies and vows of vengeance.
- Sexual Content
- Flirting and brief kiss between principal characters; Khan's daughter tries to blackmail a prisoner into marrying her.
- Several battle scenes are made "artistic" by dissolves and slow motion, but they still show brutal clashes between 18th-century armies. Horses crash and fall; weapons include spears, arrows, shields, swords, knives, and cannons; scenes show blood, dismemberment, and decapitation. Warriors attack a caravan carrying a mother and child, killing the mother (her body is off screen, but stabbing thrusts are visible). A woman attempts to poison her son's killer. A prisoner is put on display as an "unbeatable" warrior, chained to a post while he kills opponents. A fight between two prisoners in masks is fierce and bloody, ending with one friend dying in another's very bloody arms.
- Not applicable
- Social Behavior
- Warriors and rulers believe in "destiny" but still try very hard to avoid it by killing children and other enemies; the Kazakh tribes are unified at last, following several bloody, costly battles.
- Not applicable
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Some drinking at celebrations.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it