tadanobu-asano,Mongol [DVD] [Canadian], Kabei: Our Mother
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"Full of stunning views of China, Mongolia and Kazakhstan and showing an unexpected side of Genghis Khan, MONGOL feels like an old-fashioned epic."Los Angeles Times "[With] retina-scorching widescreen images. Cinematographers Sergey Trofimov and Rogier Stoffers are constantly attuned to the seasonally changing colours and textures of the central Asian landscape."Sight and Sound "[A] big, ponderous epic, its beautifully composed landscape shots punctuated by thundering hooves and bloody, slow-motion battle sequences."New York Times "Russian filmmaker Sergei Bodrov contrasts images of sweeping landscape and propulsive battle with potent scenes of emotional intimacy..." -- Grade: B+Entertainment Weekly 3.5 stars out of 4 -- "MONGOL is a sweeping and quasi-mythical epic that recalls LAWRENCE OF ARABIA....It combines a sprawling adventure saga with romance, family drama and riveting action sequences.USA Today 4 stars out of 5 -- "[Bodrov] benefits immeasurably from his leading man's performance, with Japanese actor Asano Tadanobu bringing a confidence and quietude to the part, which in turn adds gravitas to his epic journey."Empire 4 stars out of 5 -- "There's a lot of action, intrigue and local colour....Director Sergei Bodrov also shows the despot's sensitive nature..."Total Film36.73459

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3 stars out of 5 -- "Delicately observed....The refined atmosphere of the film is bolstered by thoughtful performances..."Box Office "Marked by the reserve and sincerity of its title character, KABEI: OUR MOTHER is the rare World War II film told from the perspective of the Japanese home front."Los Angeles Times36.35368

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