First Run Features | Release Date: April 21, 2006
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ChadS.Nov 9, 2006
A coke bottle falls from the sky; a ping-pong ball floats down a river; yes, "Mongolian Ping-Pong" at times recall the South African import "The Gods Must be Crazy". Both films share the concept of a foreign artifact which transforms the A coke bottle falls from the sky; a ping-pong ball floats down a river; yes, "Mongolian Ping-Pong" at times recall the South African import "The Gods Must be Crazy". Both films share the concept of a foreign artifact which transforms the culture of its nomadic practitioners. In this world without Santa Claus, the tooth fairy, or any sort of formal wonderment to entertain a young child, Bilike believes that his ping-pong ball is a glowing pearl. "Mongolian Ping-Pong" is about how children from all walks of life find magic in their prosaic lives. When Bilike and his friends learn that their glowing pearl is actually a ping-pong ball, they launch a short-lived journey that recalls the South African film, and unintentionally, "The Lord of the Rings". Like those homebody hobbits, these rural boys have no idea how far a far-off place really is. "Mongolian Ping-Pong" moves at a snail's pace, but not off-puttingly so. Expand
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