Lala's Gun

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Lala's Gun
Directed byNing Jingwu
Produced byNing Jingqu
Li Zhangjun
Written byNing Jingwu
StarringWang Jishuai
Shi Mingma
Gun Dangyuan
CinematographyWu Lixiao
Edited byJia Cuiping
Beijing Spring Thunder Films
Distributed by3 Dots Entertainment
Release date
  • 24 September 2008 (2008-09-24) (Beijing)
Running time
103 minutes

Lala's Gun (Chinese: 滚拉拉的枪; pinyin: Gun Lala De Qiang) is a 2008 film about the coming-of-age of a young boy as a member of China's Miao ethnic minority. The film was written and directed by Ning Jingwu and stars Wang Jishuai in the titular role. Lala's Guns' international sales were picked up by the Taiwan-based 3 Dots Entertainment.[1] The film's world showed at the 2009 Berlin International Film Festival as part of its Generation 14plus program.[2]


Lala's Gun is the story of a boy from the village of Biasha in Congjiang County, where resides a branch of Miao minority. As part of the village's tradition, every boy upon reaching the age of fifteen was to receive a gun from his father as a symbol of reaching manhood. Lala, however, was raised by his grandmother after being abandoned by his father followed by his mother's death. As his 15th birthday approached, Lala departed Biasha and started a journey of searching the father he hadn't seen for years.


The film's limited exposure to international markets has garnered it some above average reviews. Though many western critics have faulted the film for its simplistic story, even while praising the film's lush visuals and nuanced portrayal of the Miao people.[3] Derek Elley of Variety, for example, notes that what the film lacks in narrative, it makes up for in its "verismo detail".[4]


  1. ^ Yu Sen-lun (2008-09-28). "International Sales for Chinese Lala's Gun Picked Up by Three Dots". Screen Daily. Retrieved 2009-09-18.
  2. ^ Blaney, Martin (2008-12-17). "Six World Premieres Selected for Berlinales Generation Section". Screen Daily. Retrieved 2009-09-18.
  3. ^ Fairanu, Dan (2009-02-10). "Lala's Gun". Screen Daily. Retrieved 2009-09-18.
  4. ^ Elley, Derek (2008-10-14). "Lala's Gun Review". Variety. Retrieved 2009-09-18.

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