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Mongolian Ping Pong (Lu Cao di) (2006)



Average Rating: 7/10
Reviews Counted: 25
Fresh: 21 | Rotten: 4

Though the story is quite simple and the pace slow, the movie is a charming one, set against beautiful scenery.


Average Rating: 6.6/10
Critic Reviews: 10
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 2

Though the story is quite simple and the pace slow, the movie is a charming one, set against beautiful scenery.



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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. 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


Drama, Art House & International, Comedy

Hao Ning

Oct 24, 2006

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All Critics (26) | Top Critics (10) | Fresh (21) | Rotten (4) | DVD (2)

A unique, charming coming-of-age film.

July 21, 2006 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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Somehow, Hao never breaks the spell of enchantment over the proceedings. He doesn't find the characters quaint or amusing, he finds them real and human and confers the full dignity of existence upon them.

July 20, 2006 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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Wistful, humorous and majestically pictorial, Mongolian Ping Pong is an off-trail film full of offtbeat delights.

June 29, 2006 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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A candid and enviably uncluttered film.

June 23, 2006 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe
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Episodic and meandering, with several tedious stretches.

May 26, 2006 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Although its leisurely pace might be a bit tough going for restless Westerners, Mongolian Ping Pong is the kind of film that should be seen by children, not just adults.

April 21, 2006
New York Times
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A quarter century after the release of The Gods Must Be Crazy, this charming variation on the theme relies on a similar scenario to examine the lost innocence of another naive primitive.

January 19, 2007 Full Review Source: Upstage Magazine
Upstage Magazine

Gorgeous coming of age tale featuring nonprofessional cast of Mongolian nomads.

November 11, 2006 Full Review Source:

Ping Pong intends to be a quiet meditation on the little things in life. It's also dreadfully dull.

October 19, 2006 Full Review Source:

Some judicious pruning could have turned this modestly entertaining, 101-minute film into a considerably better, 80- or 90-minute one.

September 15, 2006 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

An extremely beautiful film.

August 6, 2006 Full Review Source: Entertainment Insiders
Entertainment Insiders

Mongolian Ping Pong takes you far, far away, and it's a beautiful place to be.

August 5, 2006

Less concerned with its plot, which is gossamer-thin and not terribly involving, than with describing the nature of the lives these inhabitants of the remote steppe lead.

August 1, 2006 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

With wonderfully natural performances by the children, this is a family movie that crosses cultural boundaries in a celebration of the magical possibilities inherent in everyday objects.

July 20, 2006 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

If only puerile wish-fulfillment didn't so often feel like patronizing bullcrap onscreen.

June 22, 2006 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

Mongolian Ping Pong will likely get only limited art house exposure and this will be a shame.

June 11, 2006 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

...nothing will prepare you for the sheer beauty of this flat, verdant landscape whose horizon seems to stretch out into infinity.

June 3, 2006 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

Affecting feature from first-time director is an exercise in restraint.

May 19, 2006 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

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