Cast of Epic Japanese Film on Genghis Khan Includes Nearly 1% of Mongolia's Population
Saturday, August 26, 2006 Posted: 07:03 AM JST
When you see huge crowd scenes in most movies these days, you're usually looking at digital people created on a computer screen. But the crowd in Aoki Okami (The Blue Wolf), a Japanese epic about the legendary Mongolian leader Genghis Khan, is made of flesh and blood. In the scene in which people in colorful traditional costumes called their leader's name in a thunderous voice, there were actually 20,000 extras on the set.
Genghis Khan, founder of the Mongolian Empire, took the throne in 1206. Aoki Okami, a movie adapted from a novel by Seiichi Morimura, covers Genghis' life, his battles and his relationships with women. The movie stars Takashi Sorimachi as Genghis and is directed by Shinichiro Sawai. The 3 billion yen movie is set to open on March 3, 2007.
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