THE PLOT THUS FAR
In the early 13th century, when all the nomadic clans of Mongolia were at war, one man was able to conquer them all and unite them under one banner: his own. Genghis Khan, known for his ruthlessness and barbarism, built an empire that covered nearly all of Asia and cemented his place as one of history’s greatest emperors. Inspired by historical events, witness the rise of the Mongolian Empire.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
“Kingdom of Conquerors” is a low-rent Mongol. I’ve seen far better material cover the turmoil of the Khan era, but I guess that’s not going to stop the Asian market from returning to the well a few too many times. The cast is full of no-names, even for an Asian cinema fan like myself. No one really inspires or takes charge. There’s just a ton of people rushing and flailing and doing whatever they do. I always expect more from this titles, but I get nothing in more.
I liked the staging of the battles and violence. But, that feels like saying you like the set direction on a historical drama. It’s a distracting effort to keep the focus away from the failings of the narrative. What is one to do when they stare down obvious schlock like this? They go and watch material directed by Tsui Hark or Zhang Yimou. They realize that the international borders don’t matter and that hack directors can be found anywhere around the world. Suddenly, the world of terrible cinema becomes that much smaller and we all hold hands to bitch as a collective.
The DVD comes with no special features. The Dolby 5.1 track sports English and Mandarin dubs. Both have weird balance issues in the back channels, but they provide for a decent time. The standard definition transfer is pretty flat. In the end, I’d recommend a rental to the curious.
RELEASE DATE: 03/18/2014