Wulubutie is an Oroqen settlement in the northern reaches of Inner Mongolia; the name means “Lost Mountain” in the Oroqen language.
Gelibao, an Oroqen hunter, runs a horse farm in the mountains of Wulubutie, where he raises 100 horses in the old way. Though hunting has been outlawed, Gelibao will sometimes go out into the mountains on a hunt, more in remembrance of his culture than to sustain himself. Gelibao’s son, Liang Liang, and his friends are still children of the forest, but tend more towards modern entertainment, like the cross-country motorcycle race that they have organized. In this way they vent the frustration of an interrupted youth.
“Lost Mountain” follows Gelibao and his son’s generation, and the mystery of a dead horse.