As with Saving Face, I'm surprised there's no topic about this film either. Don't people like to talk about 'good' films?
Review/synopsis by gecko the Sidhe:Just finished it. Good film. Well worth all the hype imo. I agree with gecko. The story line's quite simple. But the acting is outstanding. Especially when one considers the hostile environment most of the film's shot in -- in the middle of no where in frigid temperatures. There's one scene of a guy sinking in quicksand that I thought was well done. He first struggles violently and then resigns to his fate. Good scene.Just watched this much-hyped film on DVD. It's a 90 mins feature based on a true story, directed by the second time director Lu Chuan. The story is simple, poachers was hunting down Tibetan antelopes, whose population was reduced from 1 million to 70,000 in just five years. Some volunteers setted up a unofficial mountain patrol to protect the antelopes. The movie starts with a photojournalist from Beijing, Ga Yu , asks for a interview with the patrol leader Ritai. Then Ga Yu accompanies the patrol on their mission to hunt down a major poacher. The mission brings them to the heart of the harsh Kekexili. There even the good guys have to anything they can just to survive... The actors in the film (most of them are non-pros) did a wonderful job (especially Duobujie,a pro, who played the patrol leader Ritai), the editiing was good and there's no one boring moment in the film. The scenery, shot in Kekexili itself, is of course visually stunning.
I'm not a frequent movie-goer, so I couldn't compare Kekexili with similar titles, but I think this film is definitely worth watching.
Though there was hype, I thought this film should've done better on the international stage than it did. Interestingly, it has a very pro-Tibet message without any politics. I think the film's mixed -- Mandarin and Tibetan -- in language. Good, simple people are presented.
The ending's not as expected. Then again, it's based on a true story; and without this ending, there would not have been the same public outcry and conservation effort. Good film. Not as highly recommended as recently seen Saving Face. But up there on recommendations.