|Mongolian Ping Pong
A film by Ning Hao
102 minutes, color, Mongolian w/ English subtitles, 2005
Mongolian Ping Pong is part of The Asia Society Collection
A ping pong ball, found floating in a stream, becomes the source of wonderment for three young boys who live in the remote grasslands of Mongolia, a magnificent landscape little changed since the time of Genghis Khan.
Bilike, the ball's discoverer, assumes it's a bird's egg. His wizened grandmother proclaims it a magic pearl. Unconvinced, the boys take the ball to the monastery, but even the grasslands' most knowledgeable inhabitants are stumped. When a television show (seen on the region's only set) reveals that the object is the "national ball of China," the determined young scouts decide to embark upon a journey to return the precious talisman to the Chinese capital.
"Jaw-dropping wonders!" - BOSTON HERALD
"Awakens memories of The Gods Must be Crazy!" - NEW YORK POST
"Funny, beautiful and majestic . . . Full of offbeat delights!" - CHICAGO TRIBUNE
"Like the best films about children, it puts the camera right among them and sees the world of adults through their eyes." - NEWARK STAR-LEDGER
"Feast your eyes on this 'Tom Sawyer' of the steppes . . . A visually splendid celebration of childhood!" - BOSTON HERALD
"A nice change of pace from the noise and cynicism of so many American films aimed at underage audiences. Recalls Laura Ingalls Wilder-- the kind of film that should rightly be seen by children, not just adventurous adults!" -
THE NEW YORK TIMES
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