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The Cave of the Yellow Dog (2005)

Die Höhle des gelben Hundes (original title)
The little nomad girl Nansal finds a baby dog in the Mongolian veld, who becomes her best friend - against all rejections of her parents. A story about a Mongolian family of nomads - their ... See full summary »



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Cast overview:
Batchuluun Urjindorj ...
Buyandulam Daramdadi ...
Nansal Batchuluun ...
Oldest daughter
Nansalmaa Batchuluun ...
Youngest daughter
Babbayar Batchuluun ...
Tserenpuntsag Ish ...
Older woman
Scharav Sumiya ...
First hunter
Battur Lhamsuren ...
Second hunter
Batjargal Ulzidelger ...


The little nomad girl Nansal finds a baby dog in the Mongolian veld, who becomes her best friend - against all rejections of her parents. A story about a Mongolian family of nomads - their traditional way of life and the rising call of the City. Written by Carmen Oberhofer

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mongolian | nomad | girl | dog | dog movie | See All (59) »


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Release Date:

28 July 2005 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

The Cave of the Yellow Dog  »

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Box Office


€600,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$5,229 (USA) (10 November 2006)


$141,803 (USA) (6 April 2007)

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1.85 : 1
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German censorship visa # 102087 delivered on 11-4-2005). See more »


Oldest daughter: Will I be reborn as a person in my next life?
Old Woman: Come here, I'll show you something.
[dropping a palm-full of rice grains onto an upward needle]
Old Woman: [handing the needle to the girl] Tell me when a grain of rice balance on the tip of the needle.
Oldest daughter: [dropping rice onto the needle for a while]
Old Woman: [chuckles]
Oldest daughter: That's impossible!
Old Woman: See, my child? That's how hard it is to be born again as a person. That's why a human life is so valuable.
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Referenced in At the Movies: Episode #3.33 (2006) See more »

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21 November 2005 | by (Paris) – See all my reviews

Beautiful and moving. The story is simple, a girl who wants to keep a stray dog and a dad who refuses, because he believes it might have grown up with wolves . As you will see, a great movie does not need explosions and special effects (if you are into movies with violence and action, it is definitely not for you). There are no actors in this film, just simple people. It is not an ethnographic documentary or a guide to life in the steppe...it is just a film about humble people who live differently and who can be happy without the modern comforts. It has won a number of awards: Golden Starfish Prize, KODAK Award, Artemis Records Original Movie Score Award Hamptons 2005.

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