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Die Höhle des gelben Hundes (2005)

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 »


Byambasuren Davaa


Abel Cantou (english adaptation: original version with subtitles), Byambasuren Davaa | 2 more credits »

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


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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Drama | Family


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Germany | Mongolia



Release Date:

28 July 2005 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

The Cave of the Yellow Dog See more »

Filming Locations:

Mongolia See more »


Box Office


€600,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,229, 12 November 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

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Technical Specs



Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Official submission of Mongolia for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 78th Academy Awards in 2006. 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 Pastewka: Die Strategie der Schnecke (2006) See more »

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beautiful film and music as well
23 September 2006 | by whiteroomSee all my reviews

boring?? yeah, I think some people may feel this way.Perhaps they just watched too many Hollywood films and get used to the pace and storyline. I didn't watch Lassie Come Home so I have no idea what's the similarity between the 2 films. ( I doubt it) But this film is great. I got this film on DVD (Japanese release) and watched it with my mom and sister. We all love it. It's the atmosphere in the film that attracted me.

Yeah,it may not have the strong storyline, however it's the simplicity that makes this film great and touching. By the way, the music in the film is excellent! This film reminds me some of Iranian films regarding children and animals I've watched. They may not live a wealthy life but they do cherish what they have.

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