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Mongolian Ping Pong (2005)

Lü cao di (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 3 August 2006 (Netherlands)
Bilike has never seen a ping-pong ball before. He and his family live without electricity and running water in a solitary tent home among the vast steppe grasslands. The magnificent ... See full summary »

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Cast overview:
Hurichabilike ...
Bilike
Dawa ...
Dawa
Geliban ...
Ergoutan
Badema ...
Bilike's Mother
Yidexinnaribu ...
Bilike's Father
Jinlaowu ...
Siriguleng
Wurina ...
Bilike's Elder Sister
Buhebilike ...
Dawa's Father
Sarengaowa ...
Dawa's Mother
Dugema ...
Bilike's Grandmother
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Bilike has never seen a ping-pong ball before. He and his family live without electricity and running water in a solitary tent home among the vast steppe grasslands. The magnificent landscape here has changed little since the days of Genghis Kahn. But life in the middle of nowhere can be exciting for a young boy. The smallest of details become big events for curious Bilike and his best friends Erguotou and Dawa. The mystery of the small white ball floating in the creek leads to questions about the world around them, as well as innocent mischief. Bilike's grandmother says the ball is a glowing pearl from heaven. But the boys are sceptical after waiting all night outdoors for the ball to light up. Since nobody has an idea about the odd white object, they trek to the faraway monastery to consult the wise lamas. But even the grasslands' most knowledgeable inhabitants are stumped. While watching the new TV-set Dawa's father has won, the boys learn about pingpong. They are excited to hear ... Written by Anonymous

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$3,252 (USA) (21 April 2006)

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$71,223 (USA) (2 February 2007)
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Beautiful film made with honest heart
4 August 2006 | by (Washington, DC, United States) – See all my reviews

This is one of the best ever art films from China (which I consider one of the two cinema superpowers of the last two decades together with Iran) and the best film I have seen so far this summer in Washington.

Its story is very sweet and continuously interesting, the characters are very realistic acted convincingly by amateurs (they practically play themselves in a very real way), has very fine humor, has magnificently photographed Mongolian landscapes, and is directed flawlessly. It could also be considered very interesting as a fiction-documentary of the Mongolian country life and culture displayed in detail.

Sets an excellent example of film-making with an honest heart and endless talent. Strongly recommended to all non-Hollywood film-goers.


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