2005 R 1h 51m DVD


2005 R 1h 51m DVD
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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.
Mark Dacascos, Jason Scott Lee, Jay Hernandez, Kuno Becker, Archie Kao, Ron Yuan
Sergei Bodrov, Ivan Passer, Talgat Temenov
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1
Kazakh: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
R - Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. Contains some adult material. Parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them.
age 17+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 17+
age 17+

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 child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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