Mountain Patrol: Kekexili
Mountain Patrol: Kekexili (2006)

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… More

Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: August 29, 2006
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Critic Score: 98% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

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

Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

Breathtakingly beautiful, breathtakingly brutal and simply breathtaking.

Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle

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.

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Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies

Moby Dick with a progressive spin.

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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News

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.

John Hartl
Seattle Times

One of the most beautiful and disturbing widescreen epics in last year's Seattle International Film Festival.

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Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

One of those films that opens eyes to distant lands and problems and yet carries a sense of drama and a humane moral tone that conveys an appeal that's simultaneously exotic and universal.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

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.

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Rob Humanick
Projection Booth

An ode to the great sacrifices that often accompany the will to do the right thing.

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Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

The film's most memorable visual spectacle, of a man getting sucked into a pool of quicksand, is also the most resonant. Man may think he rules over nature, but it can take him back at any moment.

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Flixster Audience Score: 90% Flixster User Reviews
JY Skacto
<i>Kekexili: Mountain Patrol</i> is inspired by the true story of a group of volunteers patrolling the mountains of Tibet against antelope… More
Richard Franzen
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… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]"Mountain Patrol: Kekexili" takes place on the remote Tibetan Plateau, the Kekexili, four miles above sea level where there is a… More
James Bond, Jr.
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… More