Temujin, who later became Genghis Khan is wise, or sometimes cunning. He goes through several heroic episodes; competing at the Man of Men contest, falling in love with the enemy commander's daughter, and struggling to restore his demolished hometown. Meanwhile his steps guide him to be a great conqueror. Khan's witty, humorous side in his adolescent years before he takes the throne.
"Genghis Khan" (1950) was the first Filipino movie to receive international recognition and wide acclaim which was entered in the "main competition" of the 1952 Venice Film Festival.
Manuel Conde, talking about the special screening of "Genghis Khan" for movie director Carl Foreman and film critic James Agee, the latter of whom was greatly responsible for bringing Genghis Khan to the 1952 Venice Film Festival where it competed with the world’s best films:
"“I was very nervous during the screening, especially the part when the horses came. ‘ Yun mga nakuha naming sa Binondo… Pinagtawanan kami noon sa Times Theater' (Those we got from Binondo. We were the laughing stock at Times Theater.) They were amazed. ‘Yun pala ang genuine Mongolian horses. Sa America wala no’n. Sa Europe wala noon. Yung kinahihiya ko was the asset of my movie' (Those turned out to be the genuine Mongolian horses. They didn’t have those in America. On Europe for that matter. What I was ashamed of turned out to be the movie’s asset.) James then asked me, “How much did you spend on this movie?” "I told him php125, 000. That money was not enough to open the gates to Hollywood in the morning. But then I was the director, walang bayad. I was the star, walang bayad. I was the writer, walang bayad. I was the janitor, the messenger."
“I had been told that I was a genius. I told him that there was a difference. Orson Welles is writer-director-star because he is a genius. Manuel Conde does it for lack of money." (Video48)
Type: B/W, Epic, Classic Country: Philippines Language: English (narration) Directors: Manuel Conde, Lou Salvador Cast: Manuel Conde, Elvira Reyes, Inday Jalandoni, ...
Original uploader's comment: "This is the Venice IFF cut of the film, the only known remaining cut, with English Narration by critic, James Agee. Quality's not that good, but it's watchable."