Mongolian Ping Pong (lü cao di) (2006)

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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.

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Critic Reviews for Mongolian Ping Pong (lü cao di)

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (10)

A unique, charming coming-of-age film.

Jul 21, 2006 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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.

Jul 20, 2006 | Full Review…

Wistful, humorous and majestically pictorial, Mongolian Ping Pong is an off-trail film full of offtbeat delights.

Jun 29, 2006 | Rating: 3/4

A candid and enviably uncluttered film.

Jun 23, 2006 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Episodic and meandering, with several tedious stretches.

May 26, 2006 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

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.

Apr 21, 2006 | Rating: 4/5

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