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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 »


Hao Ning


Hao Ning
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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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Comedy | Drama


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9 November 2006 | by artzauSee all my reviews

This movie is a slice of life taken from the Chinese Mongolian steppes where people today are still following many of the basic patterns of making a living as herdsmen as they did during the time of Ghengis Khan. The tale focuses on a young boy who finds a ping prong ball floating in the river and doesn't know what to make of it. His grandmother tells him it's a pearl from the river spirits and he tries to get it to glow. After a lack of success in getting the spirits dwelling within this mysterious pearl and after trying to get the pearl to glow, he learns that it is a ping prong ball. From a hazy TV broadcast, he learns ping prong is the National Sport, so the little plastic ball must be repatriated to Beijing. His attempt, however, creates more problems than it solves and his precious ball winds up being destroyed. The final awakening is delightful and unexpected.

All of the comments in the facing review is astoundingly vacuous and completely specious. This film is rich in ethnographic images, wonderful vistas of the vast Mongolian steppes and uncluttered portraits of a people whose inner and outer beauty is simple, honest and breathtaking. I guess the uninformed reviewer was expecting something other than real art.

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Release Date:

3 August 2006 (Netherlands) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Inner Mongolia, China


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Opening Weekend USA:

$3,252, 23 April 2006

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1.85 : 1
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