Mountain Patrol: Kekexili
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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 98%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Breathtakingly beautiful, breathtakingly brutal and simply breathtaking."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"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."
‑ Bruce Westbrook, Houston Chronicle
"Moby Dick with a progressive spin."
‑ Jeffrey Chen, Window to the Movies
"Mixes environmental awareness and spiritual mindfulness with its chase scenes through grand scenery."
‑ Marrit Ingman, Austin Chronicle
"Mountain Patrol, peppered with shocking revelations of just how suddenly and brutally death can come calling, has the look and feel of a documentary."
‑ Larry Ratliff, San Antonio Express-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."
‑ Robert Denerstein, Denver Rocky Mountain News
"One of the most beautiful and disturbing widescreen epics in last year's Seattle International Film Festival."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"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."
‑ Jack Garner, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
"A fascinating oddity, marked by amazing locales and a narrative that continually subverts your expectations...the effect is hypnotic."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"A strange and sometimes compelling film that absolutely transports you to a remote corner of the world but doesn't quite do enough to make you feel steady on your feet once you get there."
‑ Shawn Levy, Oregonian
"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."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"An ode to the great sacrifices that often accompany the will to do the right thing."
‑ Rob Humanick, Projection Booth
"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."
‑ Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star
"Duobuji shows he has a strong, charismatic presence in his role as the patrol leader, Ritai."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"It's an absurdist, quixotic and sloooow journey that leads our heroes to the banal face of evil."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
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