Hoh Xil: Mountain Patrol (2006)
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Critic Reviews for Hoh Xil: Mountain Patrol
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 Hoh Xil: Mountain Patrol
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.
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.
A resounding, noble story of the affair of poaching, majestically shot across the beautiful landscapes of Tibet. This amazing journey of honor and sacrifice is based on a true story, one that needs to be witnessed by the world.
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