Mountain Patrol: Kekexili (2006)
|Rating:||PG-13 (for violence and disturbing images, brief sexuality and language)|
|Genre:||Drama, Action & Adventure, Art House & International|
|Directed By:||Lu Chuan, Chuan Lu, Lu Chuan|
|Written By:||Lu Chuan, Lu Chuan|
|In Theaters:||Apr 14, 2006 Limited|
|On DVD:||Aug 29, 2006|
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Critic Reviews for Mountain Patrol: Kekexili
Breathtakingly beautiful, breathtakingly brutal and simply breathtaking.
Much of the time, the movie plays like a catalog of challenges sprawled over terrain so forbidding that you can't watch it without feeling a steep measure of awe.
An epic story of white-knuckle tension in a setting of harsh, unearthly beauty, it's the kind of story Hemingway might have told if he'd made it to the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.
Instead of a laudable ecological crusade, the film feels more like a futile Captain Ahab obsession, with patrol leader Ri Tai (Duobujie) vainly chasing a poaching kingpin through the harsh, windy wilderness.
One of the most beautiful and disturbing widescreen epics in last year's Seattle International Film Festival.
Audience Reviews for Mountain Patrol: Kekexili
Kekexili: Mountain Patrol is inspired by the true story of a group of volunteers patrolling the mountains of Tibet against antelope poachers.Director Chuan Lu does a good job at capturing the realism of this story, however the entertainment factor is quite low. It is not that this movie is poorly put together. In fact, it is far from that. It is just that the story is slow and depressing. The run time is just under 90 minutes, but it seems much longer than that, especially when the ending isn't all that satisfying.The setting may be plain and barren, however the camerawork is able to capture some good shots, which alone is worthy of note. The film also does a nice job at setting up the so-called heroes, by having the viewer watch them go through all these difficult obstacles as they track down their target.The acting is pretty impressive. Much like everything else in this picture, it is extremely realistic and believable. Duobuji stands out and carries this picture.Kekexili: Mountain Patrol uses its inspiring story and realistic approach to impress viewers. However, fans of slow dramas and realism will enjoy it even more.
[font=Century Gothic]"Mountain Patrol: Kekexili" takes place on the remote Tibetan Plateau, the Kekexili, four miles above sea level where there is a voluntary mountain patrol employed to keep poachers away from the diminishing Tibetan Antelope population.(Said antelopes are killed for their wool which is sold overseas.) One night in 1996, a member of the patrol is killed by poachers. A reporter(Zhang Lei) arrives from Beijing to write a story on the escalating conflict and to interview the patrol captain, Ritai(Duo Bujie), a retired Tibetan military officer.[/font]
[font=Century Gothic]Inspired by a true story, "Mountain Patrol: Kekexili" uses its unique setting to its best advantage to tell a story about men serving out of a sense of duty in trying to preserve the Tibetan Antelope. There is not that much that they are entitled to do(they can fine and confiscate but not arrest) with little or no funding but also very little oversight on the harsh terrain. [/font]
A startling look into the true-life tale of the Mountain Patrol of Tibet who went through many hardships to protect the endangered Tibetan Antelope. Shot on location using mostly non-actors, Lu Chuan's film has a very realistic feel to it; almost documentary-like. While the film suffers from some problems structurally, the message and cinematography shine above these issues.
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