Shooting began in September 2005, and was completed in November 2006.After an initial screening at the Russian Film Festival in Vyborg on 10 August 2007, Mongol was released in Russia on 20 September 2007.
See more » The Mongolian tribes, including the hordes that conquered their vast empire, rode on a very peculiar race of horses, stocky build, with relatively short legs and a large head.
On their way home, Yesügei is poisoned by an enemy tribe; on his dying breath, he tells his son that he is now Khan.
However, Targutai, Yesügei's lieutenant, proclaims himself as Khan and is about to kill his young rival.
The film was a minor financial success after its theatrical run, and was generally met with positive critical reviews.
The film was nominated for the 2007 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film as a submission from Kazakhstan.
The film was a co-production between companies in Russia, Germany and Kazakhstan.