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Mountain Patrol (2004)

Kekexili (original title)
PG-13 | | Action, Drama | 1 October 2004 (China)
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A moving true story about volunteers protecting antelope against poachers in the severe mountains of Tibet.

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Chuan Lu

Writer:

Chuan Lu
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Cast

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

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

Genres:

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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Country:

China | Hong Kong

Language:

Mandarin | Tibetan

Release Date:

1 October 2004 (China) See more »

Also Known As:

Mountain Patrol See more »

Filming Locations:

China

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Box Office

Budget:

CNY 10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,915, 16 April 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$142,157, 11 June 2006
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

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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Simple but effective cinema
21 March 2006 | by simon_boothSee all my reviews

Kekekili is a mountainous wilderness in Tibet, home to the Tibetan antelope - now an endangered species since their fur became a valued commodity in the west. In the early 90's a group of volunteers formed to protect the antelope from poachers, working with meagre resources in a hostile terrain. When one of the volunteers is murdered, a journalist from Beijing travels to Kekexili to follow the patrol and tell their story.

Tibet is a country that many in the west have a very romantic image of - a culture and lifestyle as far removed from modern, urban society as any on earth. The reality of Tibetan life in the modern age is probably that it's tough, first and foremost.

Kekexili is a simple film, telling the story with no bells and whistles or attempt to shoehorn in clichéd dramatic devices, or to make the characters fit particular archetypes. People and events are presented plainly as the patrol pursue a group of poachers over the gorgeous backdrop of the mountain wilderness, risking their lives to protect the endangered antelope - but compromising themselves ethically along the way too.

The ending is perhaps a little unsatisfying, but I guess reality can be like that :)


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