[Marxism] Mongolian Ping Pong
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Sat Nov 11 09:49:09 MST 2006
"Mongolian Ping Pong" has all the elements that made "The Story of
the Weeping Camel" such an appealing film. It is filmed on location
in China's Inner Mongolia, uses nonprofessional actors and employs a
folkloric plot to great advantage.
After seven year old Bilike discovers a ping pong ball floating by in
a nearby stream, he becomes convinced that it was sent by river
spirits. After his grandmother assures him that this is true and
refers to it as a "glowing pearl," it becomes a gift from the gods in
his youthful eyes. His eventual discovery of the ping pong ball's
true origins constitutes a coming of age tale that will be appealing
to all ages. Unlike the cynically packaged "family films" that get
mass produced in Hollywood, this is the real thing.
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