Mountain Patrol (Kekexili)


Mountain Patrol (Kekexili)

Critics Consensus

In a setting both visually stunning and cruel, this Eastern film evokes the epic spirit of old-fashioned Westerns.



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Filmmaker Lu Chuan, who wrote and directed The Missing Gun, traveled to the remote border of China, Tibet, and Uygur, to make his next feature, Kekexili. Lu based the film on a true story about a reporter from Beijing, Ga Yu (Qi Liang), who traveled to the barren, frigid, high altitude region of the movie's title. Ga Yu had heard about volunteer patrols that were trying to protect the endangered Tibetan antelope from the poachers who were selling their pelts to be made into expensive, fashionable shawls. The cold-blooded murder of one of the patrol members at the hands of the well-armed poachers draws Ga Yu to a small village, where the leader of the patrol unit, Ritai (Tibetan actor Duobuji), agrees to take him out on a patrol, in the hopes that a story in the paper will spur the Chinese government to take stronger action to protect the animals. Ritai is determined to find the gunman responsible for slaughtering the animals, and for killing his comrade. His determination gradually becomes a deadly obsession. Lu shot his movie on location under dangerous conditions, with a cast of mostly nonprofessional actors. Though the film is from Mainland China, it won Hong Kong's Golden Horse Awards for Best Cinematography (Cao Yu) and Best Picture. It was also shown by Subway Cinema as part of the 2005 New York Asian Film Festival.

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Audience Reviews for Mountain Patrol (Kekexili)

  • Jul 25, 2011
    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.
    James B Super Reviewer
  • Jul 30, 2009
    <i>Kekexili: Mountain Patrol</i> is inspired by the true story of a group of volunteers patrolling the mountains of Tibet against antelope poachers.<p>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.</p><p>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.</p><p>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.</p><p><i>Kekexili: Mountain Patrol</i> uses its inspiring story and realistic approach to impress viewers. However, fans of slow dramas and realism will enjoy it even more.
    JY S Super Reviewer
  • Oct 21, 2008
    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.
    Richard F Super Reviewer
  • Apr 30, 2006
    [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][/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]
    Walter M Super Reviewer

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