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Ke Ke Xi Li Mountain Patrol (DVD) (China Version)
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Customer Rating: Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9.4 out of 10 (5)
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Lu Chuan, the critically acclaimed director behind 2002's The Missing Gun, helms the engrossing, multiple award-winning Mountain Patrol, a.k.a. Kekexili. This acclaimed film has garnered awards and nominations at the Berlin International Film Festival, the Sundance Film Festival, and the Tokyo International Film Festival, and it became the first Mainland China film to take home Best Picture honors at Taiwan's Golden Horse Film Awards in 2004.

Based on a true story, the film centers on Ga Yu (Zhang Lei), a Beijing reporter who ends up following a small mountain patrol as they venture out on a ten-day trek to catch some poachers amidst the unforgiving lands of Kekexili. Meaning "beautiful mountains, beautiful maidens" in Tibetan, Kekexili is a harsh, yet gorgeous mountainous area near the Tibetan border. Led by the relentless Ri Tai (Duo Bujie), these volunteers journey through rough conditions ranging from quicksand to snowstorms, all united by a common cause - their deep love for the endangered Tibetan antelope.

. In one visceral scene, the men come upon a mountain plain littered with antelope carcasses, killed by the poachers and picked clean by scavengers - a sight which proves to be ample motivation for them to continue on their quest. Besieged on all sides by the unforgiving landscape, the heroes press onward in the hope of bringing the poachers to justice. Filmed in an almost documentary style, Mountain Patrol is sure to leave a lasting impression on its viewers. As the audience comes to identify with the heroes of the mountain patrol, they will be moved by their humanity, camaraderie, and unwavering commitment to their beliefs. But will the men survive their noble mission?

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Product Title: Ke Ke Xi Li Mountain Patrol (DVD) (China Version) 可可西里 (DVD) (中國版) 可可西里 (DVD) (中国版) Ke Ke Xi Li Mountain Patrol (DVD) (China Version) 可可西里 (中國版)
Artist Name(s): Lu Chuan | Duo Cu Jie | Zhang Lei | Qi Liang | Zhao Xue Ying | Ma Zhan Lin | Cao Yu 陸川 | 多布傑 | 張磊 | 亓亮 | 趙雪瑩 | 馬佔林 | 曹郁 陆川 | 多布杰 | 张磊 | 亓亮 | 赵雪莹 | 马占林 | 曹郁 ルー・チューアン | 多布傑(デュオ・ブジエ) | 張磊(チャン・レイ) | 元亮(ユエン・リャン) | 趙雪蛍 (チャオ・シュエジェン) | Ma Zhan Lin | Cao Yu Lu Chuan | Duo Cu Jie | Zhang Lei | Qi Liang | Zhao Xue Ying | Ma Zhan Lin | Cao Yu
Director: Lu Chuan 陸川 陆川 ルー・チューアン Lu Chuan
Release Date: 2004-10-11
Language: Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Place of Origin: China
Picture Format: PAL What is it?
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: All Region What is it?
Publisher: Ban Dao Yin Xiang Chu Ban She
Package Weight: 340 (g)
Shipment Unit: 2 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1003873124

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* Screen Format : 16:9
* Sound Mix : DTS, Dolby AC-3
* DVD Type : DVD-9








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Professional Review of "Ke Ke Xi Li Mountain Patrol (DVD) (China Version)"

July 8, 2005

This professional review refers to Mountain Patrol AKA: Kekexili
Lu Chuan's Mountain Patrol is truly extraordinary in many ways, not least in the incredible real-life hardships endured by the cast and crew during the filmmaking process. The film was actually shot on location in the remote Hoh Kil (Kekexili) region, which lies across the borders of Western China, Tibet and Uygur, and is the third least inhabited area in the world. At a height of around 4,600, living conditions are harsh at best, and the cast and crew were beset with intense fatigue, freezing cold, debilitating illness, and even a tragic fatal accident.

The final result is a stunning, beautiful, moving and realistic film which chronicles, in an almost documentary-like fashion, the incredible story of a band of volunteers who attempt to stop poachers from preying upon the endangered Tibetan antelope. Although emotional, the film is cruel and unflinching, treating the complexities of the situation with due respect, and never falling into the trap of cheap sentimentalism or flag waving environmentalism. As a result, Mountain Patrol carries a powerful, desperate message about the search for hope and the meaning of life in a way that is exceptionally inspirational, and likely to stay with the viewer for a considerable length of time.

Despite some initial disinterest in its native China and suspicion regarding the fact that it was in part funded by a major U.S. film studio, sixth generation director Lu Chuan (whose previous film was his critically acclaimed debut, The Missing Gun) has seen the film reap considerable praise, as well as a growing number of prestigious awards. These have so far included the Special Jury award at the Tokyo International Film Festival, the Best Picture award at the 2004 Golden Horse (which in itself was remarkable, given that mainland Chinese films are rarely allowed into competition at the Taiwanese awards show), and nominations for Best Director and an award for the cinematography by Cao Yu.

After a shocking opening in which a member of the mountain patrol is coldly executed by bandits, the plot follows Ga Yu (Chang Lei), a reporter from Beijing who travels to the region to do a story on the volunteers. He teams up with Ritai (Tibetan actor Tobgyal), the leader of the patrol, who takes him out on one of their missions after they receive information on the whereabouts of the poachers. As they travel through the wilderness tracking their quarry, the incredible odds facing the penniless volunteers become apparent, as they battle not only a well-armed and ruthless enemy, but the unforgiving forces of nature itself.

Lu's direction, perfectly accompanied by Cao's stunning cinematography, is wonderful, and he makes full use of the breathtaking scenery without ever exploiting it for mere eye candy. The wilderness becomes an uncaring, deadly character, and plays a vital role, not only as an obstacle, but also as a source of inspiration and spirituality for both the volunteers and the poachers. Lu's direction in Mountain Patrol is vastly different from the flashy style shown in The Missing Gun, and here he aims for a more detached, realistic and at times brutal effect.

It is this even handed approach, coupled with the documentary feel that Lu uses to give the film a deeply honest and thoughtful aspect, which raises it above being any kind of environmentalist rant. The mountain patrol are far from saints, and are instead a ragtag collection of passionate but desperate souls often forced to sell the goods seized from the poachers in order to buy their own supplies and guns. Similarly, the poachers themselves are never demonized, and are sympathetically portrayed as farmers whose ruthlessness stems from land seizures and enforced homelessness. Although there are a fair few unpleasant scenes involving the slaughter of antelopes, Lu never uses this to shock overtly, or as an obvious tug at viewer heartstrings.

The film as a whole is honest and uncompromising, not the least because it utilises amateur Tibetan actors in almost all the roles save that of the journalist. Although Lu never really tries to explain the motivations or the emotions driving the characters, their passions and belief are revealed tellingly through their actions and the extraordinary lengths they are willing to go. Their efforts are truly inspiring and give the film a real heart as it meditates in fascinating fashion about the meanings of life and hope.

In addition to such worthiness and earnest contemplation, Mountain Patrol is a genuinely exciting and harrowing experience. Running for an all too brief ninety minutes (apparently cut down from nearly three hours), Lu keeps things tight and fast paced, and though he does occasionally wander off into anecdotes, these sit quite comfortably with the documentary style approach. There is a fair amount of action, with some very grueling survival sequences that easily carry more drama and impact than any of their Hollywood counterparts. Along with its plain-faced honesty, the film never falls into elitist art house pretension, and should in no way fail to appeal to the average viewer.

Mountain Patrol is ultimately a rewarding experience, and goes beyond its initial emotive premise to explore the very nature of human existence in this cruel, cold world. Easily one of the best films of the last few years, Mountain Patrol serves a global audience, and indeed recognition, as a vital, outstanding piece of cinema.

Movie Grade: 5 out of 5 stars

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Customer Review of "Ke Ke Xi Li Mountain Patrol (DVD) (China Version)"

Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9.4 out of 10 (5)
Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9.5 out of 10 (6)

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February 24, 2008

Fantastic! Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
It took me a while to pick this up, but when I did I was sorry I waited so long. A fantastic insight to the true story of the mountain patrol who worked independently to protect the antelope. Brutal, real, and beautiful... See it!
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September 9, 2005

Excellent movie and DVD Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
This movie is truly excellent. The story about the mountain patrol is filmed in such a way that I truely identified myself with these men and their goals. The landscapes are beautiful and I really lilked the music, which did a great job in creating a desperate atmosphere.

Also, the quality of this DVD is flawless, unlike the China version, which appears to be of a very poor quality (based on the reviews here on yesasia). This DVD is more expensive, but you get a quality not less than any DVD you're used to from Hollywood. Definetely recommend to get this version (anamorphic picture, with high quality dolby 5.1 sound etc).
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April 9, 2005

finest Chinese film yet........................ Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
This is a shocking and beautiful film. The film was shot on location in the mountians of Tibet and Qinghai region. The story is sad and can read more in the DVD decription...............I just want to comment on the previous reviewer given a 3 star and bad review of the movie because of the bad "DVD distributer".............please PLEASE do not mix up with the quality of the film with the quality of the the disk..............Thank you.....................
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March 7, 2005

2 people found this review helpful

Horrible DVD. Customer Review Rated Bad 7 - 7 out of 10
I recently bought this not on-line but from a shop, and whilst the film is brilliant, and I do highly recommend seeing it as a breathtaking look into modern day Tibet, and a band of mountain patrolmen out to stop poachers from depleting the world of the now endangered and rare Tibetan goat for the sake of selling its higly prized pelt for profit, the DVD is horrible. Wait until another company manages to do it right. Why is this DVD horrible? Well, you certainly get what you pay for. The transfer is decent but only letterbox -- it is not anamorphic to a widescreen television. The other thing is the burnt in subtitles from the existing theatrical release, which is redundant because the selectable subtitles from the menus already do the job, and better at it, too. The truly horrible thing about the DVD is the intermittent advertising of the company which made the transfer, production, and distribution -- namely, FACE (Fei Shi). I have no idea why they would do that. Every five to ten minutes, their logo swoops across the picture frame to the top left corner, distracting one from being able to really pay attention and soak in the film, not to mention it lingers there for a full 10 to 20 seconds before disappearing. It's bloody daft. I can't understand why they would do such a thing; if they thought it would burn into our minds to return to them for future releases, they must be out of their minds! I bought this DVD to watch a wonderful film, to enjoy it, to take it all in for what it is. No thanks to Face (Fei Shi), I think I will throw away my copy and hold off until I can truly take part in enjoying the film rather than a ridiculous scheme in advertising.

Buyer beware!!!
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October 24, 2004

I recommend ... ;) Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
I have bought from YesAsia and watched the movie. ;) It has to be watched on a BIG SCREEN -- but I guess most of us have NOT much of a choice because the movie might not make it to screening (except film fest).

It is very good -- more like an art film rather than a commercial film, so it is NOT very fast pace.
It is based on a true story. As it is filmed at location, you get to see the real Ke Ke Xi Li. The cinematography is good. The filming is very realistic, and NOT dramatized. Yet, there is IMPACT! So, I recommend.
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