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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 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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beautiful and sweet film
4 December 2006 | by moviefan1013See all my reviews

i don't know why anyone would trash this movie or be so crude when expressing opinions about it. i saw it yesterday as part of an international children's film festival at the wexner center in columbus, ohio. it was exactly what i expected--simple, dignified, and respectful of the viewer...letting us figure things out for ourselves, make our own meanings, and appreciate the story and characters. it didn't "spoon-feed" the audience the way many American movies would.

overall, the landscapes were beautiful, the characters were real and believable, and the story was sweet and original. i would highly recommend it for adults and children.

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