These are the best 10 films made in Mongolia (not in Inner Mongolia) in Mongolian language.
1. Цогт тайж (Prince Tsogt, 1945) – M. Luvsanjamts, M. Bold, Yu. K. Tarich
2. Нохой орон (State of Dogs, 1998) Peter Brosens, Dorjkhandyn Turmunkh
3. Ингэн нулимс (The Story of the Weeping Camel, 2003) Byambasuren Davaa, Luigi Falorni (Academy Award nominated film)
4. Хүргэн хүү (Son-in-Law, 1971) D. Jigjid
5. Хадаг (Khadak, 2006) Peter Brosens, Jessica Woodworth
6. Сэрэлт (Awakening, 1957) S. Genden
7. Түмний нэг (One of the People, 1962) D. Jigjid
8. Мандухай Цэцэн хатан (Mandukhai the Wise Queen, 1988) B. Baljinnyam
9. Шар нохойн там (The Cave of the Yellow Dog, 2005) – Byambasuren Davaa
10. Бүлээн нурам (Warm Ashes, 1993) G. Jigjidsuren
Thanks for the list. I’ve only seen two Mongolian films I think, both of them by Byambasuren Davaa, mentioned in the list.
Really interested in seeing her latest film Two Horses of Genghis Khan.
A neglected country and culture, i don’t know if Urga counts, that won European film of the year if memory serves though Mongolia is hardly in Europe. Yes, i like the 2 by Davaa i’ve seen, especially Story of the Weeping Camel, very interesting look at how traditional way of life may be affected by technology as well as an animal tale that could be transposed to humans re maternal instinct, rejection, separation, adoption etc
There was once a contestant on the British quiz Mastermind where time is of the essence.
Questionmaster: “what is the capital of Mongolia?”
Contestant: “Inner or outer?”
i’ll have to look out for Prince Tsogt, it’s awaiting 5 votes om imdb
Thank you for the list. saved it!
the list is very much appreciated. i saw a couple mongolian films with my parents when i was younger, but i hardly remember them. i’m very interested to see what these films are like.
Kenji, Urga is a Russian movie by Nikita Mikhalkov.
Here is a random idea. Somebody should make a screen adaptation of Ferdinand Ossendowski’s “Beasts, Men and Gods”. Preferably not Mikhalkov though because that would totally ruin it.
Who could not help but love a country’s cinema with titles like The Story of the Weeping Camel and The Cave of the Yellow Dog? These sound exactly like my kind of movies! I am surprised that Норжмаагийн хүлээхгүй зам – Punsaaj’s Wayward Yak – is not in the listing. I hope all of these are added to the auteurs film database soon.
Thanks for the list Ike, maybe we can watch some old classics at Dreamers’ Day?
“Urga” was shot in Inner Mongolia with Inner Mongolian and Chinese actors. Inner Mongolian dialects are very different from the Outer Mongolian dialects. Also in Sergei Bodrov’s 2007 film “Mongol” was shot in Kazakhstan and Inner Mongolian actors were used. But the soundtrack for “Mongol” was performed by a Mongolian folk-rock band “Altan Urag”. Норжмаагийн зам (Norjmaa’s Destiny, 1938) is a good film indeed, but in my opinion these are the top 10.
Thanks for the list Ike. I have only seen two (Davaa’s). Recently enjoyed watching “Tuya’s Marriage” (2006 Quanan Wong). Filmed in Mongolia but the dialect is Mandarin. Great job by actress Yu Nan.
i absolutely loved Cave of the Yellow Dog, Mongolian Ping Pong and The Story of the Weeping Camel. how do these compare to earlier Mongolian film?
The Cave of the Yellow Dog, The Story of the Weeping Camel are modern time documentaries. Mongolian classic films from the 40s, 50s and 60s are the gems from our country. But the distribution of these films is very limited in every way.
Wow, I have just seen it. Much appreciated Ike!
I’d like to mention Алтан өргөө; (Golden Ger). It’s epic, fantastic.Алтан өргөө was made by Mongolians and German.
May be, it was the first movie which cooperated with a foreign country except Russia.
Murdorj composed great music of the film. Music is also a gem of Mongolian Classical.
I can’t express how magical I think Khadak is; it seems more like a shamanist incantation or sweaty fever-dream than simply a motion-picture. Certainly one of my favourite films of the ’00s.
Yep. Khadak is a MAGICAL movie. I gotta tell you things like this one happens all the time in Mongolia (in REAL life).
Yep. Khadak is a MAGICAL movie. I gotta tell you, things like this one happens all the time in Mongolia (in REAL life).
I watched The dog of the yellow cave with a ‘westernized’ 6 years old who quite honestly found the simplicity of the film less attractive than the glamour in the Disney fairy tale movies. The serenity, lack of pose and artificial action, the charming story were absolutely no wins.
What is the Mongolian film I saw a few years ago about a family that lived in a yurt in the grasslands? The father went to the city on one of his rare trips and took the son (about 12 years old) for the first time. They bought a TV and brought it back to the compound—a sign of progress coming to such people. It was a wonderful film, but I don’t see a title among the list that would be it.
Seems like “Urga”. But the father doesn’t take his son though. http://mubi.com/films/22443
Definitely Mikhalkov’s “Urga” or “The Territory of Love”. But it was shot in Inner Mongolia. Inner Mongolian dialect is not truly Mongolian. it sounds bit more like a chinese.
Of course the dialect is different, but the language is one. I’m astounded you compared it with chinese :(
Anybody know where I can watch one of these online? I’d like to see them but have very limited access to foreign films where I live (except online obviously).
And I have only seen one or two mongolian films so far.
Joseph, neither your profile nor your entry tells where you are. If you are in the US, try joining Netflix. If you are in Europe, consider screenselect.co.uk or LoveFilm. In Canada try zip.ca. Many major cities of the world also have film institutes which collect archives of world films. One I know well that likely has some of these films if the Det Danske Filminstitut in Copenhagen. Search on the Internet for online film rental websites for your country or for a film institute in your city or the capital of your country.
THE GOLDEN HORDE (1951) with Marvin Miller as Genghis Khan
DESTINATION GOBI (1953) with Richard Widmark and Murvyn Vye
THE CONQUEROR (1956) with John Wayne as Genghis Khan
KING OF THE MONGOLS (1960) with Jun Tazaki
THE MONGOLS (1961) with Jack Palance and Anita Ekberg
MARCO POLO (1962) with Rory Calhoun
HERCULES AGAINST THE MONGOLS (1963) with Mark Forest as Maciste
GENGHIS KHAN (1965) with Omar Sharif as Genghis Khan
MARCO THE MAGNIFICENT (1965) with Horst Buchholz as Marco Polo, Anthony Quinn as Kublai Khan
THE BRAVE ARCHER (1977) with Fu Sheng as a Chinese youth raised by Genghis Khan
There, the 10 best “Mongolian” films I’ve seen.
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