lü cao di (2006) - Rotten Tomatoes

lü cao di (2006)



Critic Consensus: 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 is a glowing pearl from heaven.


as Dawa
as Ergoutan
as La mère de Bilike
as Bilike's Father
as Bilike's Sister
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Critic Reviews for lü cao di

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (10)

A unique, charming coming-of-age film.

July 21, 2006 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
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…
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 | Rating: 3/4
Chicago Tribune
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A candid and enviably uncluttered film.

June 23, 2006 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
Boston Globe
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Episodic and meandering, with several tedious stretches.

May 26, 2006 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
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 | Rating: 4/5
New York Times
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