A Mongolian Tale / Hēi jùn mǎ
Dir: Xie Fei / Hong Kong, China / 103 / Mangolian / 1995
A Mongolian Tale tells the story of two childhood sweethearts from their youth into their adulthood as set on the Mongolian steppes. Nai Nai (Dalarsurong), an old Mongolian woman is living with her orphaned granddaughter, Someyer, when she accepts into her home a boy, Beiyinpalica, whose mother has died and father cannot care for. Though raised as a brother and sister, Somiya and Beiyinpalica grow close.
As Beiyinpalica (now played by the Mongolian pop singer Tengger) is about to enter adulthood, his father suddenly writes and orders him into the city to study veterinary science. He leaves but promises Someyer that he will marry her when he returns. While in the city, Beiyinpalica also becomes a student of music. When he returns three years later, he discovers that Someyer (now played by Naranhua) has become pregnant by another man. Heartbroken, he leaves once more.
Twelve years later, Beiyinpalica has become a celebrated folk singer. Someyer, meanwhile, has born four sons and one daughter, though she is generally neglected by her drunken husband. Back home, Beiyinpalica suddenly finds himself in the position of being a father-figure for the girl.
- Premiere – Montreal World Film Festival
Tingger as Beiyinpalica, the main male protagonist
Naren Hua as Someyer, the main female protagonist
Dalarsurong as Nai Nai, the kindly grandmother who takes in both her orphaned granddaughter, and the unwanted Beiyinpalica
Produced by Ma Fung-kwok / Wellington Fung
Written by Zhang Chengzhi (Based on Black Steed by Zhang Chengzhi)
Music by Tengger
Cinematography – Fu Jingsheng
Edited by Xie Fei / Zhao Xiuqin
Production Company – Beijing Youth Film Studio & Media Asia Films