Born in China

Synopsis: Narrated by John Krasinski ("13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi," NBC's "The Office," "Amazon's "Jack Ryan"), Disneynature's new True Life Adventure film "Born In China" takes an epic journey into the wilds of China where few people have ever ventured. Following the stories of three animal families, the film transports audiences to some of the most extreme environments on Earth to witness some of the most intimate moments ever captured in a nature film. A doting panda mother guides her growing baby as she begins to explore and seek independence. A two-year-old golden snub-nosed monkey who feels displaced by his new baby sister joins up with a group of free-spirited outcasts. And a mother snow leopard-an elusive animal rarely caught on camera-faces the very real drama of raising her two cubs in one of the harshest and most unforgiving environments on the planet. Featuring stunning, never-before-seen imagery, the film navigates China's vast terrain-from the frigid mountains to the
Genre: Documentary
Director(s): Chuan Lu
Production: Disneynature
Rotten Tomatoes:
79 min




China is a land

of myth and mystery.

Almost inconceivably vast and diverse.

From the eastern coastal plain...

through mountain ranges and forests...

to the high plateau of Qinghai.

From this magnificent landscape

are born countless lives.

Each of them part

of a much larger story.

An all-encompassing circle of life...

that is fueled by the love...

the losses, and the hopes...

of many different creatures.


Our story takes place far

from the bustling cities...

we often think of as China.

It is a story of cranes...




and leopards.

All of whom call China their home.


Among all the creatures

in Chinese mythology...

the crane holds a very special place.


A symbol of longevity

and good fortune...

it is one of the oldest

and most prominent figures

in Chinese art...

dating back thousands of years.

It is said that

when a crane takes flight...

it carries along the spirit

of a departed creature...

from this world to the next.

The Qinghai Plateau in western China...

is the highest

mountain plateau on Earth.

And here, the elusive snow leopard...

rules the range.

This is Dawa.

And this incredible dreamscape

is her home.

At an altitude of

14,000 feet above sea level...

the climate here is

too cold for most mammals.

But Dawa thrives here.

Every part of her body

is designed for this unique terrain...

from her exceptionally long tail...

that helps her maintain balance...

to her gray-dappled fur

that provides the perfect camouflage...

in these rocky surroundings.

Dawa is at the top of her food chain...

and at the top of her game.

She knows every crag

and cranny of this mountain.

This is her turf.


But she's picked up a scent.

An unwelcome visitor.


The intruder knows

she's in Dawa's territory...

but challenges her, nonetheless.


They face off

in a chilling test of nerves.

Dawa must convey strength

or risk a full-on battle.



The intruder finally submits.

Dawa retains her supremacy.

For now.


Dawa is not a feline

to be messed with...

and right now nothing

could shake her resolve.

After all, it's not just

her hunting grounds...

she's protecting.


To her, these two little cubs...

are the most important things on Earth.

Providing for them

and keeping them safe...

is her life's mission.

Far to the east of Dawa...

in the Sichuan mountain

valleys of central China...

a mere 8,000 feet above sea level...

golden snub-nosed monkeys run wild.


Monkeys have long been

figures of rebellion and mischief...

in Chinese folk tales.

And one of the most

mischievous monkeys

on this mountain...

is Tao Tao.

He's the class clown of his troop...

and an aspiring kung fu master.

At two years old...

Tao Tao no longer needs

to be overseen by his parents.

But he still likes

to come home to his father's side...

after a long day of adventuring.


Tao Tao just loves his dad.

His dad, however,

isn't big on showing affection...

leaving TaoTao feeling

a little unappreciated.

Oh, well.

He can always count on his mother

to shower him with attention.


But the recent arrival

of a new baby sister in the family...

has spoiled some of

that maternal magic on the home front.

While monkey families

only have one father...

they each have several mothers,

who all help one another

care for their young.


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