Mountain Patrol (2004) - Action, Drama

Hohum Score



A moving true story about volunteers protecting antelope against poachers in the severe mountains of Tibet.

IMDB: 7.6
Director: Chuan Lu
Stars: Duobujie, Lei Zhang
Length: 90 Minutes
PG Rating: PG-13
Reviews: 2 out of 29 found boring (6.89%)

One-line Reviews (20)

Set in stunning scenery on the titular Tibetan plateau, "Mountain Patrol: Kekexili" recreates an extraordinary grassroots effort in the 1990's by supremely dedicated idealists to stop poaching of the Tibetan antelope -- mano to mano with no satellite phones or navigation equipment or much in the way of weapons.

" I am nauseated to read the high praise written by some Americans and Japanese about this propaganda film.

The haunting music by Lao Zai and the breathtaking cinematography by Yu Cao support Chuan Lu's film.

For all the thrilling nobility of the volunteers and grueling challenges they face from man and nature, the film naggingly feels like a propaganda effort supported by the Chinese government to show how it supports Tibetan initiatives (including a somewhat smug statement at the end that they have now taken over the protection job from the volunteers).

In its favour, the film contains plenty of stunning Tibetan scenery to view, and an interesting portrait of life in difficult times.

I have repeatedly criticized this movie because of its disgusting propaganda.

Self-congratulatory propaganda .

Often quite grim, with various characters meeting bitter and rather unexpected ends.

Although it is much more subtle, this is a propaganda movie just like the anti-Jewish Nazi film "The Eternal Jew.

One cannot criticize dangerous propaganda films like this without criticizing the underlying policies of the government which made the film.

And the "breathtaking scenery" can be spotted in most provinces in western China (Qinghai, Gansu, Xinjiang,etc.

If I was you I wouldn't waste my time or money.

Great portrayal of fascinating characters, and an unusual view of Tibet .

Gripping Story Made All The More Spectacular Because It Is True.

The effect is stunning.

As an action movie, only the first scene is really where the brutality ensues as antelope are systematically killed (right in front of the camera, which makes it a tad intense for anyone not used to these images) and the patrolman trying to protect them gets a bullet in his head.

Behaviour of the characters is beliavable and the usage of Tibetan and Chinese according to the situation also might be intriguing to a student of any of those.

In addition to the breathtaking scenes of the Tibetan plateau, better seen on the wide screen than on TV, in a range of extremely challenging weather and geographic elements (one scene in quick sand is particularly harrowing), the views of Tibetan towns and quotidian life in the mountains are an intriguing sidelight.

beautiful landscape and compelling storyline .

To describe the scenery as beautiful, breathtaking and desolate would be to massively understate it.