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Mongolian Ping Pong (2005)

Lü cao di (original title)
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 Hurichabilike ... Bilike
Dawa Dawa ... Dawa
Geliban Geliban ... Ergoutan
Badema Badema ... Bilike's Mother
Yidexinnaribu Yidexinnaribu ... Bilike's Father
Jinlaowu Jinlaowu ... Siriguleng
Wurina Wurina ... Bilike's Elder Sister
Buhebilike Buhebilike ... Dawa's Father
Sarengaowa Sarengaowa ... Dawa's Mother
Dugema Dugema ... Bilike's Grandmother


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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Release Date:

3 August 2006 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Mongolian Ping Pong See more »

Filming Locations:

Inner Mongolia, China


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,252, 23 April 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$71,223, 4 February 2007
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1.85 : 1
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Brilliant movie
26 March 2012 | by Otis60See all my reviews

I've come to believe this movie is actually genius. I have not seen a more effective story that tells of the advancement of "civilizatiion" and what that means to mankind.

it's summed up in the souvenir photo sequence of the two families.

But it's the experience of the boys that brings us to realize how sterile our world has become. Like the negative reviewer in this chain basically states: it's boring cuz nothing blows up.

In our society it has become difficult to appreciate what life can offer--what life in nature, with nature, can offer. Instead, many look to movies to escape 'what is'. This film shows us a 'what is' that transcends escapism because there is a new wonder and mystery around every bend. But not the wonder and mystery of another world: the wonder of this world. And that is how we were meant to live. Instead, the movie holds a mirror up to what has happened. Why should a Steppes father keep fighting for his TV signal? Why does he trade for worthless electronic gizmos?

I found the ending profoundly sad. Sad for the boys, but moreso, sad for us. Us who live in this world of our making and cannot grasp anything beyond the literate.

The negative reviewer stated he/she saw the film with a school. I hope the teachers are able to bring this story to light for our youth. For without the reverence and mystery of everyday life you have nothing left buy the circling attempt to anesthetize your daily existence with alcohol, drugs, violence, or even the companion of escapism: TV.

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