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?