Wang Zha de yuxue

Wangdrak’s Rain Boots | Wangdraks Gummistiefel
‘Will it rain tomorrow, Mum?’ · ‘Maybe you’ll find out in your dreams tonight.’ · ‘Really?’ · ‘Really. Sometimes in dreams you see what’s going to happen the next day.’

It’s the rainy season in the Tibetan highlands. It’s good for the crops, but bad for Wangdrak. He’s the only boy in his village who doesn’t own a pair of rain boots – and the other children tease him about it. His father has no money to buy any boots, plus he has other worries: there’s a dispute among the farmers. Secretly, his mother swaps a goat skin for a new pair of light blue boots. But when Wangdrak proudly wears them to school the next day, the children laugh at him again because it has stopped raining and the sun is shining. At least Wangdrak can count on his best friend Lhamo. Set in the vast mountains of Tibet this film affectionately portrays the story of a young boy’s dreams which are bound by the traditional structures of rural life.
by Lhapal Gyal
with Druklha Dorje, Pakmo Yangdrom, Jinpa, Shanma Jyi
People’s Republic of China 2018 Tibetan 90’ Colour World premiere recommendation: 7 years and up


  • Druklha Dorje (Wangdrak)
  • Pakmo Yangdrom (Lhamo)
  • Jinpa (Khabum)
  • Shanma Jyi (Renjyi)


Written and Directed by Lhapal Gyal based on the story by Tserang Dondrup
Cinematography Lv Songye
Editing Shakdor Jyab, Teng Congaing
Music Wang Jue
Sound Design Wang Shuo, Li Qiyan
Sound Sherab Jopa
Production Design Tenzin Nyima
Costumes Palyang Tso
Make-Up Zhao Gang
Casting Tashi
Assistant Director Dargye Tenzin
Production Management Liu Naiyue, Wu Tao, Yu Jianhong
Executive Producers Yang Bai, Yu Jianhong, Sonam Gyal
Supervising Producer Pema Tseden
Producers Chen Zhongguo, Meng Zhong

Produced by

Values Culture Media

Youth Film Studio

Qinghai Kawajian Film and Culture Dissemination

Lhapal Gyal

Born in the Hainan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in the Qinghai Province of China in 1989, he is a director and screenwriter. He studied at the Beijing Film Academy where he made several short films during his studies. Wang Zha de yuxue is his debut feature film.


2013 Youthful Past; short film 2014 Wang Weibao’s Herding Life 2015 Killer; short film · Masked Girl; short film 2016 The Old Times; short film 2017 Wang Zha de yuxue (Wangdrak’s Rain Boots)

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2018