As part of my coverage of this year's Oscars, I'll be posting the trailers for as many of the Best Documentary and Best Foreign Language Film nominees as I can find. Since it's often harder to see these films in theaters, it's nice to get a taste of them before Oscar night — not to mention that it might help you when you fill out your Oscar ballot.
Kazakhstan may be well known for being the butt of most of Borat's jokes, but this year it's making its mark on the film world in a different way. Mongol marks the first time one of the country's films has been nominated for an Oscar in the Best Foreign Language Film category.
The film focuses on the life of Temudgin, the boy who grows up to be the warrior Genghis Khan. Enslaved as a boy, he eventually escaped captivity and went on to conquer much of the world. The movie has been a controversial project in Mongolia itself, but ultimately the filmmakers were able to shoot much of the film in the region. It's envisioned as the first of three movies tracing the life of Genghis Khan.
The movie will be released in the US in June, and you can watch an English-language trailer at this site. Or, to watch a subtitled version of a fight scene from the movie as well as the Russian trailer, just read more.