A moving true story about volunteers protecting antelope against poachers in the severe mountains of Tibet.


Chuan Lu


Chuan Lu
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Cast overview:
Duobujie Duobujie ... Ri Tai (as Bujie Duo)
Lei Zhang Lei Zhang ... Ga Yu
Dao Qi Dao Qi ... Liu Dong (as Liang Qi)
Xueying Zhao Xueying Zhao ... Leng Xue
Zhanlin Ma Zhanlin Ma ... Old Ma


The Tibetan Mountain Patrol, a self-sponsored outcast regimen established to eliminate illegal slaughtering of endangered Tibetan Antelopes by impoverished local and out-of-province peasants, intimately engages with a half-Tibetan journalist from Beijing in a desolate depiction of human nature in the outskirts of Kekexili. Written by Anthonyjoellee

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One man will risk everything to save innocence


Action | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence and disturbing images, brief sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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The Red-robed monks would be members of the Nyingma sect of Tibetan Buddhism. DIstinct from the yellow-robed followers of the Dalai Lama. See more »


Ga Yu: I'm a reporter from Beijing.
Ri Tai: I don't have the time.
Ga Yu: Wait a second. You want this place to be declared as a nature reserve. Maybe I can help.
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A staggering achievement
1 December 2004 | by Thomas_Neville_ServoSee all my reviews

From the director of The Missing Gun comes this powerful story of a journalist who travels with a small mountain patrol group as they track a band of poachers across the unforgiving lands of Kekexili, the last great wilderness.

To say this film is great is a grave understatement as its uncompromising nature and cinema verite approach to story telling elevate it above all other films of the year. What this film does so well is connect you with the protagonists in a simple, yet very effect manner. Once the initial setup and character introductions are complete, the rest of the film is spent following them through the harsh wilderness. In doing so, Lu Chuan places the viewer in the same dire situation as the mountain patrol. We're with them as they brave harsh winds, freezing water, sun-baked plains, and treacherous, snow-covered mountains. We feel their anguish as they come under attack from seemingly invisible assailants. We sense their fear and pessimism as they struggle to survive in this breathtakingly beautiful, yet ultimately deadly landscape. All this to protect Tibetan antelope. The fact that they're willing to risk everything for this unseen animal says more about their character than any amount of dialogue. They do this without a paycheck and with the knowledge that they'll probably have little to no success. By giving the antagonist so little screen time, Lu Chuan is able to broaden this story and give it global context, declaring that attitudes and actions such as this should be condemned outright. It also serves to elevate the protagonists above ordinary heroes as it can be interpreted that they're not just doing this for the Tibetan antelope, but endangered animals everywhere.

Kekexili is an enormously powerful film that should not be missed. This is far and away the best Chinese film of the year (better than Shi Mian Mai Fu (House of Flying Daggers) in every respect) and one of the best films of the year, period. 10/10

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China | Hong Kong


Mandarin | Tibetan

Release Date:

1 October 2004 (China) See more »

Also Known As:

Mountain Patrol See more »

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Box Office


CNY10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,915, 16 April 2006

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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