Kazakhfilm's historical epos to rock national film industry

ASTANA. April 18. KAZINFORM On May 3, the Shacken Aimanov Kazakhfilm studio will release an adventure film called "Zhauzhurek Myn Bala" (One Thousand Courageous Boys), which was repeatedly named the most large-scale and long-awaited project of 2012.

The historic adventure film was directed by Akan Satayev.

The story is based on a legend about a thousand boys who formed an army to fight alongside adults against Dzhungar occupiers. The legendary army enters an unequal battle, thus,changing the course of war.

The action takes place in the early 18th century, during the great tribulation called "Aktaban Shubyryndy" in  the war with the powerful Dzhungar tribe. At the end, the film shows the well-known battle of Anyrakay, which marked the end of the hundred year war, liberating the Kazakh people from the Dzhungarian yoke forever, the Kazakh MFA's press service said.

The film became a sensation even before the shooting. About 22,200 candidates entered the nationwide casting call for major and minor roles. Shooting area was visited by around 500 representatives of Kazakhstan's leading media, as well as journalists from international television channels and publications. Many of them  predicted a great audience and successful release for the film.

The shooting of the romantic Kazakh epos took place in complex landscapes and climatic conditions. The project team changed four locations and 11 sets in 90 sets. "Myn Bala is a universal story about the freedom of the human spirit and the struggle against slavery and despotism, as seen through the eyes of young Kazakhs in their teens," according to the film's official description.

All the leading roles are performed by teenage actors selected through casting calls. The  main roles were given to Asylkhan Tolepov, Ayan Utepbergenov, Aliya Anuarbek, and Kuralay Anarbekova. Supporting roles were performed by the prominent national actors, including Berik Aitzhanov and Doskhan Zholzhaksynov.

A famous stunt team "Nomad," headed by Zhaidarbek Kunguzhinov, also took part in the shooting. The team participated in large-scale projects such as "Expendables 2," "Conan the Barbarian," "The Return to 'A'," and other. The final battle scene involved about 1,000 stuntmen, all of whom are members of Kazakhstan's Stuntmen Association.

At the moment, the film creators are negotiating with international  distributors the terms for the movie's release beyond Kazakhstan.


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